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|Title||:||The War of Art: Break Through the Blocks & Win Your Inner Creative Battles|
|Number of Pages||:||168 pages|
December 04, 2013
I couldn't get into this book. I've read and reread it several times, but it just doesn't do it for me. I gave it the second star because he does give some good advice about committing to the work, and staying in the seat. Some good bits about discipline and such.
I have about 13 years of collegia...
October 02, 2013
Reading this book is like fishing through a landfill site for diamonds; they're there, just buried under mountains of crap.
The central thesis is that procrastination is often harmful to our long-term success, and of this point I have no disagreement. However the majority of the book is replete wi...
November 15, 2007
I like to have a writing book around to dip into when I get stuck or frustrated or just to keep me going.
This one started out with some interesting ideas, but it ended up not being very supportive. A little bullying, in fact.
Toward the end, it's a lot of religious pronouncements and philosophy...
March 19, 2013
Holden Caulfield would love this, as would Ernest Hemingway. HC had it in for the phonies, and Pressfield has no use for them, either. Only he's met the enemy and it is himself. And you, gentle reader, need only a mirror to find your enemy. Pressfield calls it "Resistance," and it lurks in all of...
May 11, 2009
This book is lightweight, derivative crap, written in the style of a self-hating self-help guru with blame the victim issues eighteen ways from Sunday. I tore out the two good pages, one of which was a quotation from W.H. Murray and the other of which quoted King Leonidas, and burned the book in...
February 19, 2008
An early chapter just grabbed me with this opening line, "Most of us have two lives. The life we live, and the unlived life within us. Between the two stands Resistance." Those sentences grabbed me and have stayed with me. How much do I resist? How do I resist? Why do I resist? The reflection tha...
June 18, 2009
I dig it. There are a lot of negative reviews of it on Goodreads, mostly about it being derivative, and/or unnecessarily characterizing the creative process as a struggle. Guys: you picked up a self-help book. You picked up a book called "The War of Art". If you hoped for originality, or a touchy...
September 14, 2012
I read this book over and over again as necessary. It is the kick in the ass every artist needs, sometimes daily. Because we all face the same enemy, fight the same battle every day: Resistance. According to Pressman, this is the whole story. Every day you either win or lose your battle with resi...
March 10, 2008
How creative of a person are you? "They" say the more creative you are, the more sensitive you are. Which can mean that you don't want to get out of you bed some days, or that you have the ability to procrastinate greatly, or that you want to destroy every piece of work that you have ever created...
February 07, 2017
“The most important thing about art is to work. Nothing else matters except sitting down every day and trying.”
― Steven Pressfield, The War of Art
Three stars in both content and delivery, but I should probably also disclose that I REALLY struggle with the whole self-help genre and this was basic...