The War of Art: Break Through the Blocks and Win Your Inner Creative Battles Paperback – 11 Jan 2012
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"A vital gem...A kick in the ass for all of us with a tendency towards procrastination."
"Amazingly cogent and smart on the psychology of creation."
About the Author
STEVEN PRESSFIELD is the author of Turning Pro, Do the Work, The Warrior Ethos and the international bestselling novels, The Legend of Bagger Vance, Gates of Fire, Tides of War, Last of the Amazons, The Virtues of War, The Afghan Campaign, Killing Rommel, and The Profession. He lives in Los Angeles.
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As an arch procrastinator with an embarrassingly short attention span I found the unusual structure of this book very helpful. The chapters, for want of a better word, are very short, often just a page or two and sometimes just a paragraph. However, they feel beautifully crafted with each one putting forward its meaning both concisely and powerfully (although I do find the term "Resistance" a little broad and have found substituting the word "Familiarity" helpful).
I find myself re-reading War of Art and Turning Pro quite frequently and have been through both books several times now. Each time through I seem to notice something new in the relatively few words, or maybe they are just sinking in a little more. Either way, deep down we probably already know what is being written about but it somehow helps to see it before our eyes. I find that I can pick up either book, pick a page at random and find something immediately relevant to put in the 'here and now' which is so helpful.
It feels that Steven has put a lot of himself into this book in quite an authentic and revealing way. I think anyone who has, or who is contemplating putting anything creative 'out there' will recognise the bravery in that.
Incidentally, I ordered War of Art and Turning Pro from Amazon at the same time and Turning Pro happened to turn up first, so I read it before War of Art. I'm glad I did. Although Turning Pro was written later and expands on Part 2 of War of Art, it feels more like a prequel.
I think they are both excellent books.
First of all, the book was far smaller than I expected it to be. It's very slim, and the content on the pages is arranged into points with significant white space between each one. Maybe look up some images of the book to give yourself a better idea of what you're paying for. I personally find the points can be a little hard to digest, which is understandable given that it's translated from an older language/way of writing. Once you get past that though, it's a good and interesting read with many good points and I'm glad I purchased it.
I will admit again that from the outside, the cover and gilded paper looks good, but it is just a let down to have it become instantly tacky inside.
If I were buying it again I'd choose a less flashy edition, with better reviews.
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