The War of Art by Steven Pressfield

The War of ArtThe War of Art by Steven Pressfield is amazing. If you deal with creativity in your work or personal life, I can’t make a better recommendation.

I don’t know why I went so long without reading this book.

I had heard friends mention it in passing, but honestly hadn’t paid much attention to it.

Last year, I finally picked up the War of Art and finished it over Christmas break. I loved it.

Pressfield’s The War of Art is a must-read for any writer or artist.

This manifesto for creatives is essential for anyone longing to overcome “The Resistance” (the name of the force that prevents each of us from accomplishing our dreams.)

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Start Today, Not Tomorrow

I just read this inspiring and challenging post by Julien Smith: Life Doesn’t Start Tomorrow. Here’s a brief excerpt:

There isn’t a single thing in this world that’s made better by starting tomorrow.

Everything you care about, everything you are about, needs to begin today or it may never happen.

If you don’t want to do it now, you clearly don’t want it bad enough. Read the rest of this entry »

Write Less, Not More: How to Slice and Dice

One of my favorite essays on writing is “Shitty First Drafts” by Anne Lamott.

Lamott’s thesis is this: All first drafts suck, so get it over already. (Really. That’s about her style, too.)

The point is to dismiss the myth that you can write something amazing on your first attempt, or that you should even try. It takes all the mysticism out of writing something that could be considered a stroke of pure genius — without even trying.

Most creatives want to be geniuses. There’s no question about that. But very few want to believe that something as dull as a drawn-out, disciplined process is what will get them there. Read the rest of this entry »