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The War of Art: Winning the Inner Creative Battle | [Steven Pressfield]

The War of Art: Winning the Inner Creative Battle

Internationally best-selling author of Last of the Amazons, Gates of Fire and Tides of War, Steven Pressfield delivers a guide to inspire and support those who struggle to express their creativity. Pressfield believes that “resistance” is the greatest enemy, and he offers many unique and helpful ways to overcome it.
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Internationally best-selling author of Last of the Amazons, Gates of Fire and Tides of War, Steven Pressfield delivers a guide to inspire and support those who struggle to express their creativity. Pressfield believes that “resistance” is the greatest enemy, and he offers many unique and helpful ways to overcome it.

©2002 Steven Pressfield (P)2004 Recorded Books, LLC

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    Laura 04-20-15
    Laura 04-20-15 Member Since 2010
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    "Good recommendation"

    Recommend for a class and I found some thoughtful bits and useful pieces.
    I need seven more words to post.

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    C T Ross 04-19-15
    C T Ross 04-19-15 Member Since 2002
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    "Not my thing; many sound bites and a few stories"

    I'm apparently not the target audience for this book. I'm not a writer or artist. I do procrastinate and I probably picked this book up based on overwhelmingly positive reviews, including a few that said it wasn't just for artists. I disagree. For me, it lacked relevance and meat.

    The author is an accomplished writer, most famously probably for 'The Legend of Bagger Vance'. This doesn't qualify him to claim that artists who follow his prescription will fulfill their dreams. He trusts in God a lot (fine - but doesn't seem like an actionable plan for achieving goals) and basically just says keep working at it and eventually you'll succeed. Get started, stick to your routine, finish your project, move on from your failures. Fine advice, but not extraordinary. That's pretty much all I got out of the book. Oh wait, I do recall one other thing; a professional takes on stretch goals and is not afraid of a challenge. I do appreciate that bit of wisdom. Still, it's not a 4-5 star book though. 3 stars TOPS!

    The book is chocked full of what I'd consider "sound bites", like 6-8 one liners put together then a brief story or example. The narration did not help and possibly hurt the message (although I think the narrator has done well for novels). Overall, the book really wasn't entertaining or motivational for me. It didn't give me any practical advice. Of course, your mileage may vary and apparently A LOT of people think this book is truly amazing. I suspect many of them are unaccomplished writers who like to hear they are on the right track and everything is going to be OK.

    Some who take the advice to keep on pursuing their dreams will ultimately have success. The rest will continue to struggle all their lives in pursuit of something they just weren't cut out to do and they should have realized their failures would continue forever and moved on to a more productive career at some point. But that kind of advice doesn't sell books or inspire people so, if you are in a career where you are constantly failing, I say just do what you feel is right and don't be afraid to change courses.

    Oh yeah, I'm here to review the book, not predict how others' lives will turn out or to give my own advice - other than whether I recommend the book or not. For most people I don't recommend it. If you are struggling writer or actor and willing to put in the work and want a little inspiration to get you over a hump, then maybe this book will motivate you to have breakthrough success. Or maybe you will end up on food stamps by taking it's advice. that would be unfortunate. Bottom line, 2.5 stars and not recommended.

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    JC Brooklyn 04-18-15
    JC Brooklyn 04-18-15 Member Since 2012
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    "Powerfully Pity"

    I love how this writer really shows us not only how to unleash out art, but how to live authentically. This work is powerful, practical and inspiring. It's amazing how much one can get in such a short time.

    Highly recommended for anyone who has something to interesting share and hasn't quite found the way to get it out.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Bill Busch 04-17-15
    Bill Busch 04-17-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Love it!"

    This is one of those little books to read over and over again... Until you get it and live it!

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    Bradley Thousand Oaks, CA, United States 04-14-15
    Bradley Thousand Oaks, CA, United States 04-14-15 Member Since 2005

    Searching for the lie that tells the truth.

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    "The Cure for Writer's Block"

    I listen to this book about once a month to stay focused on creating new and wondrous worlds.

    It is my armor to defeat my ego and my sword to become my true self.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Patrick J. OToole Westwood, NJ USA 04-14-15
    Patrick J. OToole Westwood, NJ USA 04-14-15
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    "May end up being my favorite non-fiction book ever"

    I've read or listened to this book at least a dozen times. The information and insight in to this little book is, in my experience, unmatched. Any person who struggles with overcoming self defeating behavior should read this.

    The book is short, easy to read and even entertaining.

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    Leo 04-13-15
    Leo 04-13-15

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    "Perspective"

    In a society where we are unconsciously being influenced and distracted by external sources It's hard to conceptualize what "thinking outside the box" means, and when we come across a book such as this one which offers a unique perspective on life based on real experiences, totally different from the trending topics that most other similar books on self help and creativity focus on, it helps one look at life from an outside perspective. It gave me another thread to follow, as a possible solution or way to deal with all things life puts in my path.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Richard 04-10-15
    Richard 04-10-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Absolute must read!"

    I felt like Mr. Pressfield had written that book just for me! I'm grateful to mr. Pressfield for overcoming the resistance and sharing his wisdom and knowledge with the world. I will take what I have learned from this book and apply to my life, thank you!!

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    Amazon Customer 04-09-15 Member Since 2015

    Singer, Song Writer, Author, Public Speaker, Friend

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    "Release Your Inner Self"
    Would you consider the audio edition of The War of Art to be better than the print version?

    Top 5


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    No Character - this books is written to inspire YOUR character


    What about George Guidall’s performance did you like?

    I enjoyed the way he tried to replicate the emotion of the actual author.


    What’s an idea from the book that you will remember?

    We all have talents and ambitions and it's our responsibility to make our change happen


    Any additional comments?

    Read it - Just read it!!!!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Harry 04-09-15
    Harry 04-09-15
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    "Invisible power on resistence"

    I didn't expect to learn much knowledge from the book on resistence but I found the book has secretly empowered me to overcome resistence in everyday life. Now I don't see resistence a big deal, I know it when it comes and I deal with it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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