More than a decade ago, author Steve Pressfield released a little book called The War of Art that went on to sell a zillion copies.
But more importanty, it gave a name to what so many writers and creators of all ilk feel—Resistance—when striving to birth something worthy of a pulse. That nagging, at times snarling internal push back against the work. And he shared an approach to harnessing Resistance that resonated with me and so many others.
In fact, it was part of the inspiration for my next book. And it led me to reach out to Steve last year as I dove deeper into my own process. Over organic pancakes in a little cafe on the north side of Santa Monica, Steve and I talked about all things Resistance, about his life, where he came from, where he’s going and what his more recent thoughts are on the topic.
What is it? As Seth shares:
“It’s a prequel, sequel and manifesto-companion to one of the best books I have ever read, The War of Art. This new one is the one you can hand out to your co-workers and your students and even your boss.”
It’s short, it’s punchy, it’s raw, it’s real and it brings new ideas and discoveries into the conversation. Things like a deeper exploration of the opposite of Resistance (you’ll have to read it to learn the name). And how to frame an entire endeavor on a single sheet of foolscap. New examples and a broader perspective that expand and speak not just to writers, but to creators of any and everything also help frame the conversation.
Do The Work is a wider open window into one of the truest, and most giving creative minds of our time. It’s a book that wraps around The War of Art.
Interesting, too, while Steve and I are very likeminded about what we experience as creators, we come at understanding, sourcing and treating the challenge from very different places. Which I love.
I look for the science behind the internal creative push back, on a quest to reveal, befriend, embrace and harness the wizard behind the curtain. To me, I’m striving for a more a methodical deconstruction and reconstruction. Steve works straight from the heart and the gut. He gives a name to the monster in your head and shares a set of tools to bring into battle.
Sometimes I agree, sometimes not. And other times I agree on the tool, but have a different perspective on why it works or how to use it differently. Doesn’t matter in the end. Steve’s perspective inspires me go deeper into my own exploration, and there’s immense value in re-opening that conversation.
Grab a copy of Do The Work. Follow Steve on twitter. And go read his blog, where and his team take you behind their creative process and reveal the nitty-gritty fueling his next big fiction launch—The Profession. If you happen to be a fiction author wondering how to leverage a blog or twitter to help build your tribe, pay close attention to how Steve does it. Pure genius.
And if you ever have a chance to do organic blueberry pancakes with him…run, don’t walk (though never with scissors).
[FTC Disclosure – Steve is a friend. My recollection is that when we had breakfast, he paid. Breakfast was yummy. Really yummy. You all know I can be bought with good food and great company, so you should weight that heavily in anything I say. You should also always assume that pretty much every link on this blog is an affiliate link and that if you click it, find something you like and buy it, I’m gonna make some serious money. Now, understand this, I’m not talking chump change, I’m talking huge windfall in commissions, bling up the wazoo and all sorts of other free stuff. I may even be given a mansion and a yacht, though honestly I’d settle most of the time for some organic dark chocolate and clean socks. Oh, and if I mention a book or some other product, just assume I got a review copy of it gratis and that me getting it has completely biased everything I say. Because, books are like a drug to me, put one in my hand and you own me. Ethics be damned! K, you’ve been warned. Huggies and butterflies. ]
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