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War of Art: Break Through the Blocks and Win Your Inner Creative Battles
War of Art: Break Through the Blocks and Win Your Inner Creative Battles | Steven Pressfield
A succinct, engaging, and practical guide for succeeding in any creative sphere, "The War of Art" is nothing less than Sun-Tzu for the soul. hat keeps so many of us from doing what we long to do? Why is there a naysayer within? How can we avoid the roadblocks of any creative endeavor-be it starting up a dream business venture, writing a novel, or painting a masterpiece? Bestselling novelist Steven Pressfield identifies the enemy that every one of us must face, outlines a battle plan to conquer this internal foe, then pinpoints just how to achieve the greatest success. "The War of Art" emphasizes the resolve needed to recognize and overcome the obstacles of ambition and then effectively shows how to reach the highest level of creative discipline. Think of it as tough love . . . for yourself. Whether an artist, writer or business person, this simple, personal, and no-nonsense book will inspire you to seize the potential of your life.
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SoapboxEdits
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Mehso-so

Ironically, I kept putting this book off bc I knew it would get my butt in gear! And it did, but the longer I let it sit, the less impressed I am with it. The little snippets were more inspirational calendar than book. Which will make it easier to refer back to. The big take-away is just do the work for the sake of the work.

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“The professional has learned that success, like happiness, comes as a by-product of work. Someone once asked Somerset Maughham if he wrote on a schedule or only when struck by inspiration. "I write only when inspiration strikes," he replied. "Fortunately it strikes every morning at nine o'clock sharp.”

Gissy Well, he has a structured inspiration!!! ☺️ 10mo
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bibliobard
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Okay Campers today is a special day — we are going on a field trip for Arts and Crafts!

#LitsySummerCamp prompt inspired me to go out and finally check out a local ceramic painting place. I love painting and haven‘t had a chance to paint ceramics in years — so this seemed like a great opportunity. I love this store and (even better) you can buy the ceramics and paint there “to go” and do at “camp”!

peanutnine That's so awesome! I wish I still had a place like that near me. I used to go somewhere similar with my friends in college all the time. It was so fun! I can't wait to see what you create 😉 1y
bibliobard @peanutnine It‘s been here for ages and I just — never got around to it. The figures on top of the box are what I painted. I will take them in tomorrow to get fired and glazed properly. 1y
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bibliobard
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Mehso-so

Finished this for a writers‘ book club I am attending Thursday. Some of the thoughts in here were great and I vibed with it — others struck me as a little…preachy? Idk some parts rubbed me the wrong way. Overall some good take aways though.

Soubhiville Cute bookmark! 1y
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Apostcardlife
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Another great (audio)book recommendation from a Tim Ferriss interview... listened to the audio sample last night and starting today. (Nearly impossible for me to have only one book going at a time, as I imagine is true for many of us. 😉)

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Wanderer18
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I found this book very interesting and helpful in my pursuit of starting to write myself. It has a very unique take on the writing process and what keeps us from it and what helps us along. It did help me break through my block and win my inner creative battle. ⭐️⭐️⭐️

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Wanderer18

“Creative work is not a selfish act or a bid for attention on the part of the actor. It‘s a gift to the world and every being in it. Don‘t cheat us of your contribution. Give us what you‘ve got.” p. 165

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Wanderer18

“Angels are like muses. They know stuff we don‘t. They want to help us. They‘re on the other side of a page of glass, shouting to get our attention. But we can‘t hear them. We‘re too distracted by our own nonsense. Ah, but when we begin. When we make a start. When we conceive an enterprise and commit to it in the face of fears, something wonderful happens.”

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Wanderer18

“Angels are agents of evolution. The Kabbalah describes angels as bundles of light, meaning intelligence, consciousness. Kabbalists believe that above every blad of grass in an angel crying “Grow! Grow!” I‘ll go further I believe that above the entire human race is one super-angel, crying “Evolve! Evolve!”

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Wordsling
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If you want to be a writer but have been struggling to actually get any writing done, this book is meant for you ! It will shake you up and get you to grab a pen and paper and write (or open your laptop). I enjoyed it thoroughly. Also, it's a very short book - quick read.

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Kell1
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Mehso-so

The book started a bit "culty" but improved over time It focus on the concept of resistance which can be summarized as a barrier to achieve one's creative ambitions. I enjoyed it, it has interesting stories about the author's experience in the entertainment industry, his creative battles and some tips. Not that scientific, hence the "so-so" rating. But I recommend nonetheless.

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jrenegade
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Short and to the point book that inspires you to be creative.

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sarahgreatlove
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This year I‘ve set myself a challenge to read 12 books on creativity, one a month, and to do what they suggest and journal/post about my progress. This was book one, it‘s short and concise, and a brilliant creative kick up the butt to get you working. The essays are brief and pack a punch. The advice he gives is brilliant and certainly helped me, though I do find myself battling resistance and fear constantly. This gives that a name. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

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“There‘s a secret that real writers know that wannabe writers don‘t, and the secret is this: It‘s not the writing part that‘s hard. What‘s hard is sitting down to write. What keeps us from sitting down is Resistance.”

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Yoram
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Part two is great, part three a lot of mumbo-jumbo. Great nonetheless!

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K.Wielechowski
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Trying to get writing again and figured pulling something from my towering stack of writing books would be helpful. The War of Art was an interesting study of what stops us from creating. Pressfield spends most of it talking about Resistance, what it is, what causes it, and how it affects artists. The book wanders into left field once in a while but over all has good advice for artists. #tbrpile

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LiterRohde
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“If you find yourself asking yourself, ‘Am I really a writer? Am I really an artist?‘ chances are you are. The counterfeit innovator is wildly self-confident. The real one is scared to death. [And the] fear doesn't go away. The warrior and the artist live by the same code of necessity, which dictates that the battle must be fought anew every day.”

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Soubhiville Big truth there! Imposter syndrome is a common feeling! If you‘re questioning yourself, you‘re probably doing something right! 3y
Megabooks Lots of truth there!! The book sounds interesting. 3y
tournevis Very.nice! 3y
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TheBee
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There were only few ideas and lines that I really liked. But overall it wasn‘t a hit. There are far better books out there on this topic, in my opinion. I didn‘t enjoy the writing/setup. #stevenpressfield #artist #artistsstruggle #creativebattle #notforme

kathedron I haven't read it. I think the whole fight/battle/war metaphor is overdone (in life generally) and it's high time we started finding different ways to make meaning of our realities. 4y
TheBee @kathedron do you have an example? I‘m interested. 4y
kathedron I suppose I would rather seek to understand the difficult situations and people in my life, to establish communication rather than fight. I think trying to defeat/eradicate situations with a lot of energy behind them just tends to make the problem burst out elsewhere. I realise that may be idealistic of me. (Brexit is sorely testing this point of view currently!) 4y
TheBee @kathedron Are you maybe referring to another book? Maybe you mean the Art of War? The one I read is more about the inner battle that is the reality of many people. 4y
Sunraven I agree, I also found this book underwhelming, despite all the high praise I‘ve seen for it. And I agree with @kathedron, I think there are better ways to frame struggles, both internal and external.

I probably would have enjoyed this book more if it had been presented more as a personal story and less as universal advice, since what‘s true for one person isn‘t always true for everyone, and sweeping generalizations tend to bug me. 😁
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Suet624 Interesting! 4y
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cassgamm
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Good motivation to kick you on the butt and get that project done

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EdgarAP
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A good kick in the hindquarter, and a great book to come back to whenever your creativity and inspiration is lacking.

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Thor266
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Great book for anyone who wants to feel inspired and needs help unlocking creative potential #

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Rudis
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I‘m not sure what I expected from this short book, but it wasn‘t what was in it. I still enjoyed & found merit in the first two sections, but the third one was more of a skim for me, as he lost my attention pretty early.

TheBee Same here! 😏 4y
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kuhkuhbird
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"Whatever you can do, or dream you can, begin it. Boldness has genius, magic, and power in it. Begin it now." Here's to self-actualization! #truth

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kuhkuhbird
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Feeling restless and looking to make changes. The spine isn‘t yet cracked and this book stirs my soul.

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soxfan0U812

Fascinating! Wish I'd read this 20 years ago!

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TheBee
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Still working myself through this one.
These words might be the best so far 😆.
#procrastination #artist #selfemployed #stevenpressfield #thewarofart #selfhelp #quote

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TheBee
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“Work, work, work, work, work”
The struggle of artists... 😏.
So far only a few good inputs from Pressfield.
But he‘s definitely right with this one!
Who else is struggling? Any book that really helped you?
#stevenpressfield #artbook #procrastination #resistance #lifeofanartist

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AnastasiaPoirier
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Looking for support through a bout of writer's block induced by perfectionism. A good read so far...

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jmofo
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Mehso-so

It‘s in the title. He uses motivation that doesn‘t work for me. It galvanized my wanting to take responsibility for my actions, recognize the agency I have in my choices, even if imaginary. Pressfield really bummed me out with that last page. Shame is not a constructive motivator. A powerful one, sure but not the beast I hope to feed. Writing excuses pod got a lot more traction with me with sic when you choose to watch tv you choose not to write.

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jmofo
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Somehow I‘m keeping ahead of my word count goals, even with having to fix the drier after roommate‘s cat played wrestlemania with the exhaust. And emergency dinner cooking! Also restarted Art of War. It put me to sleep. :( Hopefully the later sections of the book make more sense. I‘m not one for war or battle analogies. Good friend recommended so I‘ll keep reading...for now. #CampNaNoWriMo

jmofo Ugh ^dryer 4y
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jmofo
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Made an attempt in April but lacked the gumption. I‘m going to do better this July! #NaNoWriMo

CocoReads I just saw your message, invite to the LitsyWriters cabin sent! 4y
jmofo Hooray! Many thanks! 4y
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Pam.Kokomo
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Rainy day reading. The first section of this book will stick with me always, I think.

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Chelseabillups30

Our job in this lifetime is not to shape ourselves into some ideal we imagine we ought to be, but to find out who we already are and become it.

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We come into this world with a specific, personal destiny. We have a job to do, a calling to enact, a self to become.

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Chelseabillups30

This very moment, we can change our lives. There never was a moment, and never will be, when we are without the power to alter our destiny.

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The danger is greatest when the finish line is in sight.

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Chelseabillups30

The warrior and the artist live by the same code of necessity, which dictates that the battle must be fought anew everyday.

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Chelseabillups30

The more important a call or action is to our soul‘s evolution, the more Resistance we will feel towards pursuing it.

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A force that is felt.....

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Trace
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This short read is not just for aspiring writers. If you‘re stuck in a rut in any aspect of life this can help find some perspectives and get you to start doing the things you want to do in your life.

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keithmalek
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Even though I agree with Pressfield's main point, which is that the battle against laziness should be fought and won on a daily basis, this book is often absurd. How absurd? He believes in angels and muses.

He also complains about hack writers, which is ironic when one considers that he has written two other books about Resistance that appear to be exactly the same as this one. Pan.

Suet624 I‘m definitely losing the battle with laziness. 5y
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EllieDottie Love this quote!! 5y
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Spiderfelt That is rigor. 5y
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keithmalek

Do I really believe that my work is crucial to the planet's survival? Of course not. But it's as important to me as catching that mouse is to the hawk circling outside my window. He's hungry. He needs a kill. So do I.

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