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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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    Grant Abbotsford, BC, Canada 12-01-11
    Grant Abbotsford, BC, Canada 12-01-11 Member Since 2011
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    "Fighting through procrastination."

    The book title seems to indicate that it's only for creative types -- I would disagree. Anyone who is passionate about their work, or is trying to find how/what to be passionate about in their life can take away some valuable lessons from this book. If you suffer from procrastination, or lack the passion to finish projects -- this book is the kick in the butt you may very well need. It's a short read/listen, but it's well worth it; I would recommend multiple reads to keep yourself inspired.

    27 of 27 people found this review helpful
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    Matthew M Ferguson 12-12-11
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    "Good, Interesting, not amazing"
    Any additional comments?

    This book is broken into three parts, the first two are fantastic. He identifies and analyses what blocks an artist from accomplishing their work. It is something that everyone - artist or no - can relate to. The last part is a little too fuzzy and spiritual for my tastes - but at least he warns you about it first.

    19 of 19 people found this review helpful
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    William brewton, AL, United States 08-18-11
    William brewton, AL, United States 08-18-11 Member Since 2009
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    "Trying to beat the Resistance."

    When I am being overwhelmed by the resistance so I read/listen to the book again. Would that be considered yielding to the Resistance? Either way it is a great book. A must listen!!

    13 of 13 people found this review helpful
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    Tye Riter Boca Raton, FL, United States 09-03-12
    Tye Riter Boca Raton, FL, United States 09-03-12 Member Since 2010
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    "Good for writers and procrastinators"

    Interesting way to think of the creative process (or war). Probably the best quote "It was easier for Hitler to start WWII than to face the blank canvas."

    11 of 11 people found this review helpful
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    kimberly claremont, CA, United States 02-01-12
    kimberly claremont, CA, United States 02-01-12 Member Since 2006
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    "A must-have for anyone creative (or not)"
    What did you like best about this story?

    This book will acquaint you with Resistance in all it's cunning disguises, so you can face it down and get on with your Work. This book is not only for artists, writers, or other creative types. I think it would be helpful to anyone who can't seem to lose a bit of weight, kick the drinking habit, or commit to taking the actions toward whatever eludes them. It's probably Resistance, and this book will show you what to do about it.


    10 of 10 people found this review helpful
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    O. Drakeford hollywood, ca 05-30-13
    O. Drakeford hollywood, ca 05-30-13

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    "A Game Changer"
    What did you love best about The War of Art?

    I think as a creative person, this book just spoke to me, on so many different levels. The contents of this book are completely universal, regardless of whether you're an artist or not, I thoroughly enjoyed it, and will listen again.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I actually liked part 3, the spiritual side of where he thinks our creativity comes from - it's definitely divine.


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

    I loved the idea of invoking the Muse, and I'm not a hippie either.


    Any additional comments?

    Try this book out if you're creative, not-creative, or want to be creative.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Marilyn GLASTONBURY, CT, United States 07-10-13
    Marilyn GLASTONBURY, CT, United States 07-10-13 Member Since 2009
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    "Some great stuff, a lot of yuk"

    I am not a Steven Pressfield person, didn't even really know who he was before I looked him up after ordering this book, but I wanted to read an artist's thoughts on creating art, and how hard it can be; I didn't care who the artist was. However, the book turns out to be very much from a male, former marine, do it or die point of view (the author's background). There was much in the book that I could identify with and I really loved the first part, which is on how to overcome resistance to working. What artist is there who doesn't find everything and anything else to do other than the work of their favorite yet most challenging thing? There were a lot of stories and insights about it that I could "take away" to use in real life. The last part was supposed to be transcendent, tying together philosophy, science and religion. It didn't work for me because I don't share his religious views, but his points were not radical or strange. I believe there is some useful info in here for everyone, at some point in their creative life. The reader did an excellent job, but he sounded all too tough and male and that probably made me feel separate (being female).

    31 of 36 people found this review helpful
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    SoulBird 03-15-13
    SoulBird 03-15-13 Member Since 2012
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    "THIS MAN KNOWS WHAT HE'S TALKING ABOUT!"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    YES! I'm a working artist, and its a hard road, but if feels good to hear someone GET IT! and talk form that place of knowing. first book ive ever gifted.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    VERY interesting hearing about the muses


    Did George Guidall do a good job differentiating all the characters? How?

    least favorite part of the book. part of the charm is the casual yet astute writing, this over dramatized read just doesnt match. but STILL i listened to it twice so ....


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    YES, and i did ... twice. and i will again.


    Any additional comments?

    there is something important about knowing some one understands your struggle. YES this topic has been covered but the concise simplicity and humor, just made this STICK for me, and several other artists i know ...

    9 of 10 people found this review helpful
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    Charles Richmond, VA United States 03-04-13
    Charles Richmond, VA United States 03-04-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Was expecting a bit more"
    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    The book is fine as it is and very well written. I was just surprised on how short it was.


    Could you see The War of Art being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

    This book isn't for entertainment purposes. It's more of a self-help guide.


    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Skip 08-13-12
    Skip 08-13-12
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    "I have given this book to at least 10 friends"
    Would you consider the audio edition of The War of Art to be better than the print version?

    No - But common sense is not always common practice. It helps to listen to it again and again


    What other book might you compare The War of Art to and why?

    Steven Covey's 7 habits is a good one because we all need to understand that we are the captain of our own ship.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Can't say that I had a favorite.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    Let the magic of art flow through you.


    6 of 7 people found this review helpful
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