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#FridayBookShare – ‘The War of Art’

Welcome to another edition of Friday Book Share.

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The Book: The War of ArtSteven Pressfield

It’s no secret that I struggle with mental illness, and that can put a real damper on the writing I do for myself (and hopefully, one day, for publication): fiction. A friend of mine recommended this book, and while I haven’t finished it, I am eternally grateful that he pushed me to pick it up and start reading.

First line of the book

I get up, take a shower, have breakfast.

Recruit fans by adding the book blurb

A succinct, engaging, and practical guide for succeeding in any creative sphere, The War of Art is nothing less than Sun-Tzu for the soul.

What keeps so many of us from doing what we long to do?

Why is there a naysayer within? How can we avoid the roadblocks of any creative endeavor—be it starting up a dream business venture, writing a novel, or painting a masterpiece?

Bestselling novelist Steven Pressfield identifies the enemy that every one of us must face, outlines a battle plan to conquer this internal foe, then pinpoints just how to achieve the greatest success.

The War of Art emphasizes the resolve needed to recognize and overcome the obstacles of ambition and then effectively shows how to reach the highest level of creative discipline.

Think of it as tough love . . . for yourself.

Whether an artist, writer or business person, this simple, personal, and no-nonsense book will inspire you to seize the potential of your life.

Introduce the main characters using only three words

  • Honest
  • Motivating
  • Inspirational

Delightful Design (the book’s cover image)

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Audience appeal (who would enjoy this book?)

Above all, creators. Anyone who creates any sort of art, whether it be paintings, poems, biographies, choreography…you get the point.

Your favorite line/scene

There are a bunch of them. So far, some of my favorites include (in no particular order):

the war of art quote 1

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the war of art quote 6

That’s it for today, folks. I hope you have a wonderful Friday and weekend…and I hope you consider reading The War of Art, especially if you find yourself facing blocks.

*Heads up: if you click on the links to purchase any of the mentioned books from Amazon, know that I’m an affiliate. Your purchase will help me keep this blog going (i.e., I’ll earn money to buy books that I will then write about).*

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This has the feel of Zen meets Creativity/Imagination, or something emblematic of that. Would buy it RIGHT this moment, but I’m so backed up on books that I really need to be more mindful and ‘take my time’ before pressing that purchase button lol. Will be getting it in the future though for sure! That said, just from the photos you shared I would highlight this to the hilt. Seems like it would be a great book for a variety of reasons. Thanks for this!

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Comment by BreakawayConsciousness

Oh, I’ve highlighted the hell out of it and I’m only about halfway through it. It really is an incredible book.

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Comment by Katrina

I love it when books are like that. That’s great to hear. Definitely looking forward to reading in the future.

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Comment by BreakawayConsciousness

I have the War of Art too, and it’s been an inspiration to me as well. Thanks for the follow too.

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Comment by deborahbrasket

It’s great, isn’t it? And thank you for the follow as well!

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