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The War of Art: Break Through the Blocks and Win Your Inner Creative Battles

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18 out of 18 people found this review helpful.

I love this book.  Steven Pressfeild accurately describes the in

I love this book.  Steven Pressfeild accurately describes the inner voice of resistance that I hear chattering away at me daily, telling me all sorts of lousy, unkind things. The voice lies to me, wants to keep me fearful, unhappy and unproductive.  He then introduces t...
I love this book.  Steven Pressfeild accurately describes the inner voice of resistance that I hear chattering away at me daily, telling me all sorts of lousy, unkind things. The voice lies to me, wants to keep me fearful, unhappy and unproductive.  He then introduces the concept of "Turning Pro".  The Pro still hears all that  racket but does his work or follows “the pursuit of any calling” regardless of what the internal noise says.  The Pro knows the voice will always be there.  The Pro keeps working no matter how loud resistance tries to speak.




Another book I love addresses resistance in a brilliant way.  How to Have a Match Made in Heaven: A Transformational Approach to Dating, Relating, and Marriage is a fabulous and inspiring book by Ariel and Shya Kane.  The authors offer an amazing possibility regarding resistance: notice the resistance, without judging it, and the resistance falls away.  The mere act of noticing and allowing whatever is happening to simply be the way it is, allows the very thing to dissolve.  I’ve tried it and it works.  This innovative book has a unique and exciting feature: each story has an online web address that links you to a video of the very people you were just reading about.  I love that I can “watch” part of this book as well as read it's wisdom.  I am touched and energized by both of these smart and enlightening reads. 

posted by Susannyc on July 28, 2013

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2 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

"Just do it" wrapped up with finger-pointing and blame

"Just do it" wrapped up with finger-pointing and blame (you procrastinator, you), and garnished with mysticism. I was looking for substantive writing advice, not ephemeral self-help. This book didn't have the advice.

posted by PennyNamen on July 19, 2012

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  • Posted December 27, 2013

    Great book

    This book seems like it was written just for me.
    So helpful!

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  • Posted October 26, 2012

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    Pressfield is brilliant

    Someone in my writing community suggested Pressfield to me and I am so glad he did. The War of Art sheds light onto the battlefield of creativity and brings victory within sight.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 3, 2012

    Helpful

    I would definitely recommend this to any artist who is finding it hard to jump into their chosen field. As a musician and writer, I related immensely to his idea if 'resistance.' Some of his religious ideas got in the way sometimes for me but I found I could look past them and interpret his meaning in a way that suited me more.

    A side note - the nook ebook version is missing a page. I dont know if it was just for me but hopefully it will be resolved for future readers.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 24, 2012

    One of the most useful frameworks for artists

    A year ago when I was crippled with fear and anxiety about doing music seriously, I read this book at the perfect time to unstick myself from Resistance, as Pressfield calls it. This book is often smart, sometimes a bit off the mark, but nearly always useful. A fantastic manifesto for artists of all levels.

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  • Posted April 17, 2010

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    What's stopping you?

    Whether you've got writers' block or just have trouble staying on a diet (I have both of these problems,) this book's for you. Steven Pressfield's book is concise with teeny, tiny chapters, but he covers the concept of resistance with the details that can only come from having been there himself. He is absolutely correct in stating procrastination is an act of victimhood and passive agressiveness. The answers are so simple: show up every day no matter what, stay committed for the long haul, take the task seriously, master techniques, have a sense of humor. Simple yet simply brilliant.

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  • Posted March 27, 2010

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    Engage your creative blocks

    This book is not a panacea. It won't make you happy, successful, and fit in five days or less. You may not even agree with everything in it---I certainly didn't. But it's short, tough-minded, and it'll make you think. What, and who, do you want to be? Where do you stand with your unlived potential? What can you do about it? What are you *willing* to do about it? While Steven Pressfield focuses a bit more on answering these questions in an artist's life, he leaves them open for exploration in a variety of situations. And they're the kind of questions that everyone would benefit from asking themselves at least once, and perhaps several times, in the course of their lives.

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  • Posted June 22, 2009

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    Stumped? Read this.

    What a surprising and helpful book! It is an irreverent, funny, interesting, thoughtful and touching guide to getting in touch with and removing our obstacles to achievement. Whether you are an artist seeking your muse or just trying to improve the quality of your life there are many lessons that will serve you. Pressfield's occasional use of vulgar language and examples may make some readers abandon the book and I urge you to stick with it and go for the wisdom. This is a book you want to own, write notes in and go back to for reminders about recognizing resistance and working through it. I have recommended it to friends, family and students and will continue to do so.

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