If I had an altar laden with items to honor and appease the creative gods, Steven Pressfield’s book THE WAR OF ART would be on it. I’ve read it a dozen times and with each new pass something different jabs my brain.
Here’s the back cover blurb:
“In this powerful, straight-from-the-hip examination of the internal obstacles to success, bestselling author Steven Pressfield shows readers how to identify, defeat, and unlock the inner barriers to creativity. THE WAR OF ART is an inspirational, funny, well-aimed kick in the pants guaranteed to galvanize every would-be artist, visionary, or entrepreneur.”
In part one, Resistance – Defining the Enemy, Pressfield defines the many disguises resistance /procrastination wears. If you’ve ever put something off, you’ll start squirming as you read.
Part two, Combating Resistance – Turning Pro, defines the writer’s objective, which is to be a professional as opposed to an amateur. This section lists the qualities that define pros. Here’s the first two:
1) We show up every day
2) We show up no matter what
Finally, in part three, Beyond Resistance – Higher Realm, we get a glimpse of the sacred mountains as Pressfield examines why we write and encourages us to forge ahead. The final paragraph sums it up:
“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.”
You heard the man.