Interesting riff on the creative path. Pressfield does a good job of opening the kimono on what it takes to start, to continue, to deal with rejection and to learn how to enjoy the journey.
I have already listened to it several times, and will again. It's great motivation whenever I have writer's block or get in some kind of creative rut.
I haven't read another book quite like it. It covers some themes that have probably been covered in other books on overcoming procrastination, but I've never before seen the concept of 'resistance' addressed this directly and relatably.
Using resistance as a guide - that is, seeing that whatever resistance is working hardest to prevent me from doing, is what I most need to do. So if I'm making every possible excuse not to sit down and write, that's my cue to sit down and write. No matter what.
I could have used a bit more practical, step-by-step advice on how to 'turn pro'. Otherwise, this is a great read/listen.
Only NOT listening could possibly have made this better.
I like Guidall's work and voice, but it is warming and inviting. I.E. not congruous with the tone of this odious book.
I would remove the book from existence entirely.
I am an epileptic, chronic pain suffering artist, with robust family support. In the very introduction Pressfield systematically attacks the reality of my medical conditions, suggesting that they are somehow caused by personal weakness; and then goes on to suggest that I should deny myself the the emotional support I receive from my closest relationships. I cannot imagine this advice being healthy for anyone. Stay away.
This book goes off course into a lot of mumbo jumbo. A waste of time and money. Narration was fine. Content was pathetic. If you are looking for a boost to your creative production, try The Power of Habit. It was much more helpful.
The Power of Habit offers sound advice and examples, not some nebulous new age bilge.
Laid out are all the ways I have found to not get things done. Which makes it harder to do these things, now that I know they are just a way to avoid accomplishing what's important.
The book is fine as it is and very well written. I was just surprised on how short it was.
This book isn't for entertainment purposes. It's more of a self-help guide.
I'm just this guy, you know?
The struggle to produce your "art" (or whatever it is you do) is real. Steven Pressfield knows. He spent decades fighting the war, and now he reports back after finally achieving significant victory.
If you wonder why you haven't produced any art by the end of the day, Pressfield has the answer. It's something everyone struggles with, not just you. Once you recognize the problem and frame it the right way, you can face it and defeat it.
This book is referred to widely by masters of creativity in many fields. I can see why.
As for the production and narration, it's perfect. The voice and quality of recording are superb. You won't be disappointed if you choose the audio version over another format of this book.
I loved it. not only was it funny and understandable it had so much depth and insight. very empowering. after reading this book you will only leave unchanged if you choose not to change.
this is a great book for all artists. if you're struggling with writer's block this will fix it.