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The Authentic Swing by [Pressfield, Steven]
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Steven Pressfield is the author of GATES OF FIRE, TIDES OF WAR, THE AFGHAN CAMPAIGN, THE WAR OF ART, TURNING PRO, DO THE WORK, THE WARRIOR ETHOS, among others. He lives in Los Angeles. In 2008, he was made an honorary citizen by the city of Sparta in Greece.

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Mr Pressfield has joined the ranks of the ' how to' merchants and whilst his historical fiction is competent but predictable though not in danger of being mistaken for great literature, I doubt whether that's his intention. However this work ( much like The War On Art) is insubstantial and a little vacuous and belongs only as a blog. However if you want to be a better writer then read great fiction ; I.e Joyce,Nabokov, Turgeyenev, Amis, Woolf, Austen, Bronte, Cormac Mcarthy, Tolstoy, Mailer, Updike et al. Although Steven professes to dislike formula, he uses Robert McKee to preface the work; that should tell you enough. Wannabe lit fiction writers should avoid it.
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Thought this was the original story of the Legend of Bagger Vance, but jts not its the story of how and why Steven Pressfield wrote it!
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2.0 out of 5 stars Come on, Mr. Pressfield - you can do so, so, so much better. 9 Jun. 2015
By David H. Eisenberg - Published on Amazon.com
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Steven Pressfield is one of the few authors I wish I knew personally. We have some things in common (love of Greek history, multiple re-reading of the Bhagavad Gita). And I like his author's "voice." I think the first book I ever reviewed here, years before my second, was Bagger Vance, which I also see I have updated at some point. Some of his novels, Gates of Fire, The Last Amazon, Killing Rommel, are just outstanding - I think classics. Oddly, I do not think that of the book that made him, Bagger Vance, which other than its connection to the Gita, was all that good. Because he did something that I wish I had done - successfully pursued a writing career and I so admired some of his books, I thought I'd give one of his books on writing a try too. I have to admit, I was a little surprised and disappointed and I'm not going to try his other ones (though I will certainly read novels he writes in the future). Maybe my expectations were too high. If you want to be a writer - write (I think Epictetus wrote something like that first) and don't look for others to tell you how they did it. Usually I have been disappointed by the few self-help books I've read (an exception being If You Meet the Buddha on the Road, Kill him). They generally don't tell you very much you didn't already know and I can't say I find them inspiring. In this little - and I mean little - book, Pressfield gives you a bit of a personal golf and writing biography, and then most of the rest is how he came to develop and write Bagger Vance, it was made into a movie, and he made it big. Sounds a little like the movie Elf, to tell the truth, but that was much better than this. His advice can probably be summed up in a few short sentences. Be yourself. Have a theme (which reminds me of that great line in Planes, Trains & Automobiles where Steve Martin says to John Candy - "And by the way, you know, when you're telling these little stories? Here's a good idea - have a POINT. It makes it SO much more interesting for the listener!"). Don't always trust your agent. I may have exhausted it. Kurt Vonnegut wrote in a forward to one of his books that he could have summed it up with a one sentence telegram to his readers. He was kind of joking, but that would describe this book fairly well.

Some of the chapters are a few sentences. It was as if he wrote the chapter title and the topic and decided he didn't need to thresh it out at all. I read the entire book literally in a few minutes. When you buy a book for $7-8 dollars, you do expect something more.

So, I'm feeling guilty now, because he is such a great writer, but this is not worthy of his talent and I cannot recommend it. Someone who wasn't a professional writer but can string sentences together could have written it. It was not - his authentic swing. I hope he can forgive me for saying so.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Surprising Depth 3 July 2014
By James A. Kuiken - Published on Amazon.com
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When I ordered this book I was looking for a "how to" book on writing - a listing of what-to-do's, and samples of notes, formats, outlines, etc. from Steve while he was writing The Legend of Bagger Vance. If that is what you're looking for - don't buy this book.

What I found was a VERY interesting read, told in story format, that drew me in and caused me to realize that I had just read the book in one sitting. I normally read a book one time, and never again (because I remember it), but this book - like The Book of Five Rings (Go Rin No Sho, by Miyamoto Musashi) has layers.

Before folks get bent out of shape, I'm not comparing this book to Go Rin No Sho, which is an international classic spanning centuries of dedicated readers and serious students of life and strategy. What I am saying is that this book has a similar dynamic. Read it once, and it is a good read, and you get a lot out of it. Read it again, and you see another set of meanings and a deeper layer. Read it again...

Unlike most books I've read, I will read this one again - a few times. It is not a list of things to do, a formula to follow for aspiring writers - it is a concept and way of thinking that takes you much deeper than that.
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4.0 out of 5 stars THE AUTHENTIC SWING: A How-To the Mechanics of Novel-Writing AND Actualizing Dreams 4 Nov. 2013
By Holly Gleason - Published on Amazon.com
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Bagger Vance be damned, Steven Pressfield offers an even more valuable truth to his story of a local caddy locked into the golf march of the century: how his seminal golf novel came into being. Not even the tale of how one writes a novel, though that IS tangled into this quick and easy to digest narrative, but a series of short readings that can double as a playbook for life -- or any other project.
Emboldening, THE AUTHENTIC SWING looks at the mystical and the metaphysical as well as the mechanics of writing a novel. It is as much what you believe, as how you structure your writing days, the kinds of stories to tell -- and even, yes, the mechanics of how THE LEGEND OF BAGGER VANCE was formed. Classic mythology provided a chassis, and for the Hollywood screenwriter, the notion of how motion pictures worked provided underpinnings on a subconscious level.
What emerges is the place of faith in the creative process; doing the impossible dream incrementally; thinking you've lost your mind; staying with it. And Pressfield isn't a 24-year starting out when he embarks on a novel based or inspired loosely by Michael Muprhy's seminal GOLF IN THE KINGDOM, a novel that merges Eastern thought and a magical round of golf in the Old Country of Scotland.
To be inspired, to be shown how, that's what THE AUTHENTIC SWING is all about.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Rambling and Fun 8 April 2014
By Clark the Shark - Published on Amazon.com
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That's the only way I can describe Steven Pressfield's work "The Authentic Swing." Having not read "The War of Art," I was intrigued by this book first as I am a) a writer who is working toward publication (who isn't these days?) and b) an amateur golfer of about 6 or 7 years.

Pressfield's main premise in this book is that the "authentic swing" is you. You can't fake other people's "swings" so don't even try. I take a slight exception to that as in the arts, sports and other areas of life, it doesn't hurt to begin by emulating the people you admire the most.

Drawing heavily on Eastern religion and philosophy with some other elements from western culture such as Plato & Sparta thrown in, this makes for an enjoyable read. It's not too long and has a few passages that resonate.

I also appreciate his honesty regarding "The Legend of Bagger Vance" as a film. In fact, he's brutally honest about what he thought about the film, while at the same time not throwing anyone under the bus. I also appreciated that he felt the only good golf film was "Caddyshack" and that's because it reflects the insanity of the game of golf.

Its a great little trip into the mind of an interesting man. A former caddy, a former Hollywood screenwriter and now full-time novelist. Definitely worth a look.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Backstory Scores 27 Oct. 2013
By Irreverent Reverend - Published on Amazon.com
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I love before and after pictures. I watch the director's cut of DVDs. I loved The Authentic Swing! Let me start by saying that I will read almost anything Steven Pressfield writes--I like his style. I like it that it feels like we are in a conversation on my front porch drinking tea and talking about how he came to write The Legend of Bagger Vance (even if I am alone with the book--and the only one drinking tea). I like The Authentic Swing on several levels; Steven's writing was fluid and drew me in, the story was engaging because I like the movie and wanted to know about the creative process and finally Spiritually I was nourished (but that may only be because I went looking for that part). What levels will this book take you to?
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