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The War of Art: Break Through the Blocks and Win Your Inner Creative Battles


The War of Art: Break Through the Blocks and Win Your Inner Creative Battles

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    Available in PDF Format | The War of Art: Break Through the Blocks and Win Your Inner Creative Battles.pdf | English
    Steven Pressfield(Author) Shawn Coyne(Editor)

A succinct, engaging, and practical guide for succeeding in any creative sphere, The War of Art is nothing less than Sun-Tzu for the soul.

What keeps so many of us from doing what we long to do?

Why is there a naysayer within? How can we avoid the roadblocks of any creative endeavor—be it starting up a dream business venture, writing a novel, or painting a masterpiece?

Bestselling novelist Steven Pressfield identifies the enemy that every one of us must face, outlines a battle plan to conquer this internal foe, then pinpoints just how to achieve the greatest success.

The War of Art emphasizes the resolve needed to recognize and overcome the obstacles of ambition and then effectively shows how to reach the highest level of creative discipline.

Think of it as tough love . . . for yourself.

Whether an artist, writer or business person, this simple, personal, and no-nonsense book will inspire you to seize the potential of your life.

"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."

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  • By Guest on 13 February 2017

    Amazing book. I am a long time fan of Joe Rogan and his podcast and he has mentioned this book a few times so I bought it. I would consider this to be essential reading for artists, especially ones that are frustrated with them selves and know they have potential to create great work. Also helped me quit smoking too.

  • By Jan Duyt on 23 August 2017

    One of the best books I've ever read on getting through the daily struggle with 'Resistance'. In my case it's artistic output and this book totally hit the spot for me. In straightforward intelligent prose, Pressfield lays resistance bare explaining how it manifests itself and how it prevents us from doing so many of the thing we'd really like to do. Far from purporting to offer an easy route out, Pressfield, who has obviously lived this book, has got to the nub of the matter and managed to lay it out for us eloquently onto the page. No easy task, he explain how we can combat the foe within and release the creative energy that builds up and eats away at our soul . A warning though, don't think there are any quick fixes here, fighting resistance is hard work and takes determination. If you can open you mind to the fact that creativity is your daily work, and nothing more than that, this book will reward you with the guidance, support and understanding you are looking for.

  • By Lucy Mitchell on 5 June 2016

    I devoured this book in a day it is that good! This book is by far the best book that I have read on being a writer. It should be read by anyone who considers them a writer. The author's ideas on resistance shake you to your core. Resistance is the enemy and we must beat it to be successful. Thank you Steven Pressfield

  • By StephenM on 17 May 2017

    I had read some of Pressfield's other works and wanted to give this a read based on Joe Rogan's stellar reviews on multiple Podcasts. I enjoyed it but perhaps I expected too much. I was underwhelmed by the book itself but the principles within are helpful. I think the lessons within his other books such as Gates of Fire and The Warrior Ethos are much more better presented.

  • By A Thomas on 22 August 2014

    This is a fantastic book and is full of inspiring and motivational gems whether you are a writer, entrepreneur, creator or not. If you want to accomplish ANYTHING in your life but you're struggling to get the job done, this is the book for you.I will admit that some of the things Mr Pressfield does say I don't entirely agree with. It is difficult to see the point behind his Hitler comment as some other reviewers have pointed out - but in general if you read it with a purpose to find the lessons that will work for you - you will get a lot out of this book. It sounds like some people reached a line they didn't understand or agree with and threw the book down and rushed to their computer to review it in a temper tantrum.Persevere with this book. It's well worth it.

  • By Col on 27 August 2017

    If you procrastinate or for one reason or another cannot get down to doing what you want to do this book will help you get on track. It also interestingly analyses why we put off doing things and the reasons for resisting doing them and how we rationalize not getting down to the tasks we want to do.

  • By David Dunbar on 6 March 2013

    There's a lot of sense and wisdom in Pressfield's book. One of the worst habits of writers and artists is procrastination. Pressfield's remedy is to turn yourself into a writing machine and surrender to your Muse. Unfortunately, the life of the writer or artist that results seems grim and joyless in Pressfield's book. The journey of mastery of any craft can indeed be a negative experience at times but Pressfield doesn't exactly sell the destination as worthwhile either.

  • By Hina Belitz on 25 May 2017

    Well this is a revelation and yet at the same time something native to me- something I have always known and experienced but been unable to fully grasp. It's easy to get deflected away from these profound truths even after - for example I wrote SET ME FREE entirely from that seat of the Self. It is so true that there is no winning such competitions- the only win is within - coming from a place of true authenticity. Thanks Steven for giving us what you've got. Hina Belitz

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