The War of Art

The War of Art

Break Through the Blocks and Win your Inner Creative Battles

Book - 2002
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"The Art of War" meets "The Artist's Way" in this no-nonsense, profoundly inspiring guide to overcoming creative blocks of every kind.

Publisher: New York : Warner Books, c2002
Edition: Warner Books ed
ISBN: 9781936891023
Branch Call Number: 153.35 PRE
Characteristics: 165 p. ;,21 cm.


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Feb 27, 2019

I loved this book, I am going to buy it and I have been recommending it to my friends. I found it to be very inspiring not just for artists, but for anyone who enjoys what they do. A lot of the comments below sound as though they didn't actually read the book, for what it's worth.

Nov 01, 2018

A load of waffle.

May 21, 2018

Very inspiring! Highly recommended!

Nov 17, 2017

I really enjoyed this book because it gave me the courage to pursue something I've always wanted to do (art). It was straight-forward, and the message is clear. I think this book will help people who are ready to receive the messages. Otherwise it might come off as harsh and/or unenjoyable.

Sep 02, 2017

I couldn't finish this book.
The tone was way too self-righteous and preachy for my taste.
Art & Fear by Bayles and Orland deals with much the same subject and seems to me to be a much more balanced read

Mar 20, 2017

Sad to say, this book did little for me. The author spends the bulk of the book with short, and I mean short, articles about procrastination and "resistance." There is very little new here and it really doesn't focus on "art," but does pertain to anything that holds us back from action. With over 2/3 of the book focused on resistance, there's not enough about taking action, unless you can accept his distinction between amateurs and pros, with pros the ones who dig down, concentrate, and actually move forward in their passion.

Feb 04, 2017

Not usefull to me. A lot of disparate thoughts and half-empty pages.
Perhaps this author had something of value to share, but the poor style got too much in the way.
I think he thinks that he is Buddha, and that we are all his disciples. Sorry, not.

Jan 05, 2017

There's a good 2 hours interview with the author:

Dec 10, 2016

Loved this book as it provides a swift kick in the butt for those of us who know we should be making art, but keep making excuses instead. Fight resistance like your life depends on it - it does!

Aug 18, 2016

I'd heard rave reviews about this book. So, my expectations were high. This book wasn't what I expected. I skimmed it and "got" something out of it--ie read messages that were useful.

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kleen Mar 03, 2014

I agree with Cinette. No matter what your project is -- your life, a book, an invention, or a painting.
I highly recommend! It has helped me understand my block around writing -- and allowed me to figure out a strategy that has kept me writing.
Thanks Steven Pressfield for getting past your blocks and writing this book.

Jan 17, 2012

Goodreads Summary:
· dream about writing the Great American Novel?

· regret not finishing your paintings, poems, or screenplays?

· want to start a business or charity?

· wish you could start dieting or exercising today?

· hope to run a marathon someday?

If "yes," then you need…THE WAR OF ART

Now, in this powerful, straight-from-the-hip examination of the internal obstacles to success, bestselling author Steven Pressfield shows readers how to identify, defeat, and unlock the inner barriers to creativity. THE WAR OF ART is an inspirational, funny, well-aimed kick in the pants guaranteed to galvanize every would-be artist, visionary, or entrepreneur.

Steven Pressfield enjoys great international success as a bestselling novelist. But in order to reach the top he had to do a lot of work to fight the inner demons that told him he couldn’t make it. THE WAR OF ART is his challenge to creative block, and his succinct, straight-from-the-hip style will help every reader unleash their personal ambitions, be they literary, artistic, or business-minded.

According to Pressfield, the internal obstacle to success is Resistance. Resistance is the difference between the life you lead and the life you want to lead, and can take many forms. Pressfield shows readers how to identify and defeat Resistance at every turn and challenges them to change their amateurish, unsuccessful habits into a professional attitude that can get the job done. Finally, Sun Tzu for the soul!

Inspirational, funny, and a great kick in the pants, THE WAR OF ART is the perfect book for anybody who had a goal circumvented by life and circumstance: which is to say, you and everybody you’ve ever met.

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