LAND, LLC. Ebook Distribution By I closed The War of Art, I felt a surge of positive calm. I now I read Steve's Gates of Fire and Tides of War back-to- back. Editorial Reviews. From Publishers Weekly. Novelist Steven Pressfield (The Legend of Bagger Download it once and read it on your Kindle device, PC, phones or tablets. Use features like Kindle Store · Kindle eBooks · Self-Help. Despite its popularity, The War of Art includes some shocking claims that I (And the ebook version I read was poorly laid out to the point I.
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The main idea presented in this book is that procrastination is harmful to our long-term success. The few useful insights it offers are not new ideas and are few and far between. The War of Art has a lot of fans and had been recommended to me by several people. Pressfield suggests muses and angels are real beings that act through us. Pressfield has some shocking claims that I believe are fundamentally false and potentially psychologically damaging.
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If you hoped for originality, or a touchy-feely art-is-easy book, you made a strange decision. I'm just saying. Personally, I found this book pretty useful.
It's dense, wise, and low-bullshit. Spiritual, yes. Namby-pamby, no. It treats inspirati I dig it. It treats inspiration as a mystery because, um, it is. It does not treat art as a mystery. It says, you can't manufacture inspiration, so get your butt in the chair, every day, and do the work so inspiration has the opportunity to come. An amateur identifies with the work: I'm sure it's not earthshattering, but I'd never heard it before.
View all 6 comments. May 11, Maggie rated it did not like it. 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.
Murray and the other of which quoted King Leonidas, and burned the book in the fireplace. That's how angry it made me. Horrible waste of paper and time. Really, you want more details? The author personifies Resistance and then writes a tiny little snippet about it, one pe 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. The author personifies Resistance and then writes a tiny little snippet about it, one per page, stretching a teaspoonful of insight out for seventy pages or so.
Sure, we come up against resistance in every area of our lives. This isn't news to anyone. But the ways he personifies it contradict each other, or simply don't make any sense, or come across as pure page-filling psychobabble. Worst of all, he manages to blame the reader for everything. You feel resistance because it's easier! If you don't feel it, you're going the wrong way!
If you don't feel it, you're making a step down in life. Sex is resistance! Food is resistance! Exercise is resistance! Everything good is resistance! Unless it isn't! Save yourself some pain and brain cells and avoid this book. It's condescending incoherent nonsense argued on the level of a Sunday school comic strip. I wish I could give it less than one star. View all 17 comments. Sep 14, Steve Turtell rated it it was amazing. I read this book over and over again as necessary.
The War of Art : Break Through the Blocks and Win Your Inner Creative Battles
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: According to Pressman, this is the whole story.
Every day you either win or lose your battle with resistance. All the rest is talk. Why you lost it doesn't matter. Maybe your mother didn't love you enough. Maybe you don't believe in yourself enough. Maybe you think you're not as talented as you wish you I read this book over and over again as necessary. Maybe you think you're not as talented as you wish you were. Well, so what? No one's mother loved them enough, all of us suffer from self-doubt If you don't, you're a sociopath and I don't want to know you , and even Shakespeare wrote about "Desiring this man's art, and that man's scope.
The only answer is to get up every day and do your work to the best of your ability. That's all anyone does. I just watched a snippet of a video interview with the painter Chuck Close who said you don't need most of what you learn in grad school ever again.
You need only three things: You have to be able to defend your own position and criticize others as harshly as they criticize you. And then just go ahead and do your own work. Great book. I recommend this more than any other book I've ever read.
View 2 comments. Feb 12, Rosie rated it really liked it. 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. How much do I resist?
How do I resist?
Why do I resist? The reflection that chapter inspired was well worth reading the rest of the book though nothing else was as revolutionary for me-- I got what I needed early in the pages.
There's also a fabulous quote from WH Murray later An early chapter just grabbed me with this opening line, "Most of us have two lives. There's also a fabulous quote from WH Murray later, "The moment one definitely commits oneself, then providence moves too. That the things that I am doing because I feel I must or out of obligation are never easy.
The things that I do from passion always spin out with dizzying force. When you act from passion, providence indeed moves. A timely reminder. View all 4 comments. Nothing else matters except sitting down every day and trying. I AM a director and a writer.
I struggle often to find my identity in my written words. We all of us artists -- writers, directors, painters, photographers, dancers, musicians -- have faced all the serious struggles that comes with being an artist.
We have to face the inner terror in order to get to where we want to go in our art. Pressfield shows us we need to face our fears and not let them overcome us -- not give into the resistance. Fear infects our creativity and prevents us from extracting the creative forces we need to create.
Most importantly, as artists, we must be open to rejections, judgments and failures. All artists, even those that are best known to us, have experienced rejection. Use these rejections as motivation to improve your talents and skills and inspire you to love and embrace your craft even more. I love this approach of viewing himself as a channel for the Muse.
Pressfield says a prayer to the Muse every morning before he begins his writing. But what you will learn is to fight for your art -- to fight for yourself. May 30, B. Wilson rated it did not like it. What a pretentious piece of ridiculous crap. It has: It's a book on creativity. Just NO. You can't make figures up to back your outrageous opinions. You need real sources. They should be cited. This is the fastest way to enrage a librarian.
I can't believe I wasted money on such a terrible book. It can go straight to hell, where I'm sure creative folk are being forced to read it for eternity--which is about the best argument I've ever heard for salvation. And yes, that's officially the meanest thing I've ever said about any book, ever, and I don't regret it. This book earned my disdain, and I'd like to save the rest of you from a terrible reading experience.
Typically, I avoid posting one star ratings and reviews, but since this is parading about calling itself nonfiction, I have to interject to say it's nothing more than a bizarre and often offensive opinion piece, full of some very obvious statements about creativity.
Don't read this drivel, unless you just enjoy judgmental, condescending monologues that go nowhere. I just recently read Wired for Story by Lisa Cron, which is also good. View all 13 comments. Jan 20, Darwin8u rated it liked it Shelves: I'm not sure if it genetic, or shaped by my own experience on this blue dot, but I generally HATE all forms and types of self-help book. At their core, they also usually contain a couple good ideas that might not have required a whole book.
The War of Art's good idea can be summarized by Nike's slogan: Just Do It. Or perhaps, my dad's slogan: Get off your ass and do your damn job. This book is basically Pressfield giving the reader ideas about how to overcome creative roadblocks. He describes why there ARE roadblocks, gets a bit philosophical about the nature of roadblocks for creativity, etc.
Basically, Pressfield says you gotta do the hard stuff. You gotta work. Ignore distractions and do what it is you want to do, that you dream of doing, NOW. That's it really. It's more than worth the price of admission for anyone in a creative field. Clear, inspiring, and short. Also, inexpensive, which seems remarkably fair in this era. Yes, roughly half of the book is a little More Pressfield's life philosophy and spirituality than anything, and not helpful to me.
But I'm not going to knock a star off it for that. I've read too many business books that are 15 pages of gold surrounded by pages of fluff to get angry when an author legitimat It's more than worth the price of admission for anyone in a creative field. I've read too many business books that are 15 pages of gold surrounded by pages of fluff to get angry when an author legitimately gives a work his all--and gives 50 pages of gold and 50 pages of Not For Me, Thanks.
The War of Art: Break Through the Blocks & Win Your Inner Creative Battles by Steven Pressfield
Where it's good, it's great. I highlighted many, many passages. It left me hungry to go do more work. View all 3 comments. Mar 10, David rated it really liked it Shelves: How creative of a person are you? 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 because it's crap and you'll never be as crazy as Vincent van Gogh or as cool as Michaelangelo.
Well, this book gives you tools to help you overcome all your short comings and own up to your potential as How creative of a person are you? Well, this book gives you tools to help you overcome all your short comings and own up to your potential as a creative member of society.
Also, nobody wants to get out of bed in the morning, it's so comfortable and cozy in there. Let me know when we put a hybrid engine in a bed, I'll drive that to work. View 1 comment. Jul 12, Sam Quixote rated it it was ok. This slim volume is made up of three sections. The book is fairly well written and I agree with most of what Pressfield has to say about getting comfortable with the uncomfortable in order to progress, knuckling down and getting on with it, creating a routine, being patient, fighting apathy, not listening to any negativity in your head, etc.
And the repetitive and tedious nature of the content makes for a very uninteresting read. Hello, my name is Makeba and it has been 22 days since I've thought about writing and decided to do something else instead. I write everyday, and this book helped me do it.
She would invite me out and I'd decide to wash my hair instead. He would call and I'd push the button that sent it straight to voicemail. I was a lousy friend. Illuminating what Pressfield defines as resistance and turning pro turned the tables Hello, my name is Makeba and it has been 22 days since I've thought about writing and decided to do something else instead. Illuminating what Pressfield defines as resistance and turning pro turned the tables on myself and forced me to take a hard look at my habits and decide if I was hungry enough to change them.
I'm on day three of beans and rice; I'm hungry. I started the book identifying with the person who wrote the forward-- a fellow procrastinator capable of banging out a decent product-- and finished it seeking ways to exhibit the same qualities Steven has-- discipline, integrity, and patience.
Highly Recommended! Nov 27, Joe Barlow rated it did not like it. What a piece of garbage! The author of this new-ageish book repeatedly states opinion as fact, and proves himself to be a misguided and judgmental buffoon.
Some of the things I "learned" while reading this meritless piece of tripe: Attention Deficit Disorder and Social Anxiety Disorder aren't "real"--they are merely excuses that we give ourselves because we don't truly want to succeed; 2. The reason Hitler killed millions of Jews is because he didn't have a creative outlet, and he should have What a piece of garbage! The reason Hitler killed millions of Jews is because he didn't have a creative outlet, and he should have painted more; 3.
Since creativity requires a healthy body as well as a healthy mind, overweight people cannot truly be creative. I am happy to report that this is false. Sounds like THIS fat man's creativity is working just fine. Sep 28, Elizabeth Scott rated it it was amazing. As some of you may have noticed, there's a book called The Midnight Disease listed as something I'm currently reading.
I don't remember when I added it anymore, but I know it was a while ago. Nothing in them helped me. I went to different places to try and write. I made myself sit down with only my AlphaSmart and refused t As some of you may have noticed, there's a book called The Midnight Disease listed as something I'm currently reading. I made myself sit down with only my AlphaSmart and refused to get up for three hours or until I'd at least written something.
The hours would pass, and I would write nothing. And then I'd cry. I was slowly but surely becoming convinced I'd never write again, and it broke my heart. All of me felt broken, actually And then I saw this book in my local bookstore and took a look at it.
And what I read blew me away. Pressfield doesn't talk about specifically about writer's block but about Resistance, and the thing he said that made me buy the book, take it home and read the first two sections over and over again the third one is about muses and things and I'm not into that was this: Every ounce of juice it possesses comes from us. We feed it by our very fear of it. But Pressfield got me to do that, and he got me to realize that it was my fears that were stopping me, and that writing can't be about overcoming everything that's got you trapped in a corner or scared.
It has to--and must be--simply about the writing. It's not easy to overcome those fears, and I keep a copy of The War of Art next to what I'm currently working on, and turn to it when I need a reminder that it's okay to be afraid, and that the important thing is to keep going. Jul 26, Onaiza Khan rated it it was amazing Shelves: It is like a pocket map to find your inner Muse.
It starts from a very basic level. Kind of like the layman level and drives you swiftly but efficiently to the level of an artist. Effortlessly leading you to your destination. Dec 30, Brandice rated it really liked it. Timely and Timeless! The book is full of ways to recognize and overcome roadblocks in the realm of creativity. While Pressfield often provides examples related to being a professional writer, the concepts can easily be applied to any professional discipline.
The book is divided into 3 parts: I really enjoyed the first two sections, which I found preferable to the third, but the book is great all around. I could relate to many of the ways we let resistance impact us, but also could relate to some of the ways we distinguish professionals from amateurs. It is a timely read, as people often look to set new goals for a new year. It is timeless because the concepts - including the discipline required to succeed - ring true, again and again.
He respects Resistance. He knows if he caves in today, no matter how plausible the pretext, he'll be twice as likely to cave in tomorrow. The professional knows that Resistance is like a telemarketer; if you so much as say hello, you're finished. The pro doesn't even pick up the phone. He stays at work. Oct 06, Madeline rated it did not like it. What a mess. This book is ridiculous. This book is angry.
This book is upset that it had to be written because the author made himself think that he had to stay in a chair everyday writing regardless of however else he may have felt at the moment. This book is an awesome example of someone who apparently believes in the explicit value of free speech but denounces free will.
I finished it a few days ago and have since been seriously trying to understand how it was published. FIrst of all, it's not What a mess. FIrst of all, it's not a book. It's an assortment of thoughts that seem to have spewed out of the authors mind in a frenzy. Probably due to some crazy circumstance that was way more interesting than anything written on the pages of the book itself.
Was there an editor? Or even someone doing page layout?
Or a fact checker? Was it self published? What's up with the one sentences taking up parts of entire pages as if it they are such epic thoughts that they deserve such suspension? I thought this book was going to provide practical advice on how to achieve a higher state of discipline.
It doesn't. It does though attempt to bully you into fulfilling your 'purpose' as a creative being. According to the author we all have a purpose to fulfill and if we ignore it he will yell at us, like he does on the last page.
That page is awesome. I wonder if this person is aware that some people actually do not have purposes, they were born and there is not one thing in the world that interests them, and it is not due to procrastination or resistance. I wonder what he thinks of such people who achieve nothing, nor care to and remain healthy their entire lives.
I wonder what he thinks of teenagers who have never procrastinated a day in their lives and are diagnosed with cancer or mental disorders nonetheless. I wonder if he realizes that if someone is in tune with themselves that resistance and fear are on their side. Sep 24, Suzanne rated it did not like it Recommends it for: No one.
In a word: I've suffered through 57 pages of being told I should resist resistance. Skipping ahead to page 68, I see a chapter on the value of being miserable. Just no. I'm done here. Oct 09, Leonard Gaya rated it liked it.
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Pressfield is a former Marine, the author of a novel on the Greco-Persian Wars and a fan of the Bhagavad Gita, so probably someone who's become an expert in getting one's shit together in the face of adversity. The books is divided into three sections: I have picked up this book from the shelf in order to get a boost for a writing project I'm working on and because it was prefaced by Robert McKee!
Two sentences particularly remain on top of my mind: I need to begin now. Harry Potter. Popular Features. New in The War of Art: Description 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. What 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. Whether an artist, writer or business person, this simple, personal, and no-nonsense book will inspire you to seize the potential of your life.
Review quote "Amazingly cogent and smart on the psychology of creation. He lives in Los Angeles.