Writers and Artists – I present Mr Pressfield!
One of my favourite authors and champions for writers and artists is Steven Pressfield.
Over the last twenty years or so I have read more Writer’s help books than I care to admit. I stopped reading them at one point because they were all selling the same regurgitated bile. I figured I had learnt all there was, outside of practical experience, because I could find nothing original.
Then I stumbled on The War of Art.
It was like a slap in the face by a super model – it hurt, but it hurt good.
The reality was this: no quick fixes; no soothing, ego-stroking mantras and no dooms day anti-traditional publishing boo hoo’s. I had to think differently, act and work like a professional and recognise the existence of a force Steven calls ‘Resistance’ and that this Resistance was real, was unsympathetic, and was the shadow of all our creative endeavours. More importantly, he also taught me how to beat it.
His url: http://www.stevenpressfield.com/
At the moment I am reading ‘Do the work’ but I highly recommend you read or listen to ‘The War of Art’ first.
I gain nothing from this post other than the knowledge that I have passed on a valuable resource to creative brothers and sisters who struggle every day with labour pains of their art.