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

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To make yourself sit down and just write, that is so much easier said than done. Right? I mean come on, all you have to do is just place your backside on a chair and start typing, that’s it! Where’s the challenge in that? Well, the challenges are plenty.

First off, us, writers seem to possess this universe-given talent of procrastination that just keeps us from producing a result. On top of that, the writer’s block — the inability to come up with what to write about — is a total pain in the neck.

The points mentioned are just two of the many obstacles writers face when producing any written pieces.

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In the book “The War of Art”, all of these dilemmas are tackled and given focus on by professional writer, Steven Pressfield, who has been through all kinds of writing – from novels to screenplays.

Pressfield has come up with all the possible challenges that hinder writers from doing what they are supposed to do: to write. In Pressfield’s own words, “It’s not the writing part that’s hard. What’s hard is sitting down to write.”

He also demonstrates ways how you can save yourself from the “writer’s block” tragedy.

Pressfield lists writers and artists into two categories: professionals and amateurs. As defined in the book, “The amateur plays for fun. The professional plays for keeps.”

Some of what’s written in the book is a like a slap in the face, especially if you’re an amateur writer who struggles to find your identity in your written words. But if you try to think about the author’s words (and take into account his credibility to write such), whatever’s been written true and logucal.

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Take Pressfield’s pieces of advice seriously and you’ll see how your writing improves – not just the output, but the process as well.

Personally, I believe that we have faced all the serious struggles that comes with being a writer. We have to face the storms in order to get to where we want to go. And, we need to face our fears and not let them overcome us. Fear gets into our creativity and prevents us from extracting the creative juices we need to create a great write-up. Most importantly, as writers, we should be open to rejections, judgments and failures. All writers, even the ones who have published the greatest novels of all time, have experienced rejection. Use these as motivation to improve your skills and inspire you to love you craft more.

And what’s a better way to start improving your passion than reading Pressfield’s masterpiece? Get this book from bookstores and online stores. This book is proven to be incredibly beneficial and I strongly believe you should try it.

Author: Steven Pressfield

Publication: 2002

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