The War of Art: Book, Blurb & Collage


This book spot is a bit sentimental for me as it’s the first one I ever posted here on QE.  I’m recycling it because when I initially posted it four months ago I didn’t have much of a following.  On a side note, the image up above (which I talk about in a second) is what inspired me to take select quotes and compile them into collages for this webpage.

Now to the original post…with a couple additions at the end.

I found this beautiful collage while searching for the cover of the book, The War of Art.   Steven Pressfield wrote the book and I’ve found it to be a solid call-to-action type read.  The collage above comes from Sunni Brown, and I linked it to their website.

Sunni Brown, the owner of this image and creator/owner of the linked website, offers some amazing eCourses.  If you’ve ever wanted to learn how to be a creative taker of notes, these courses will be right up your lane.  For me, I find doodling notes really helps cement the concept material in my mind.  It was also the source of much scolding during my younger years.

war of art.jpgBack to the book!  If you were considering snagging The War of Art, I would encourage you to do so.  It’s a look at the struggle writers face as they pit themselves against the many obstacles they encounter.  It also works to highlight what differentiates a wannabe writer from a professional one.

“This is the other secret that real artists know and wannabe writers don’t.  When we sit down each day and do our work, power concentrates around us.  The Muse takes note of our dedication.  She approves.  We have earned favor in her sight.  When we sit down and work, we become like a magnetized rod that attracts iron filings.  Ideas come.  Insights accrete” (p. 108).

I don’t know if I believe in the “us versus them” mentality of a writer versus a wannabe writer.  In my opinion, if you are writing, you are a writer.  I don’t care if you never publish a word.  If your words somehow find a way to influence the way a person thinks or feels, that’s worth more than monetary reward.  Heck, if the writing is just for you, you’re still a writer.  After all, this blog isn’t making me rich (unless you count the $2.30 I’ve made from Amazon referrals…cha-ching!), but I sure enjoy sharing insights and collaborating.

[Update] Despite this being a book I read a while ago, it still holds up for me as a book that offered me inspiration.  I remember struggling with aspects of Wastelander: The Drake Legacy, and thinking of passages from this book to help motivate me to finish.

QE from four months ago forgot to mention the premise of the book.  It’s written like a series of letters to a friend.  Each letter addresses a way to fight Resistance (I know Thomas, there’s a purpose for the capitalization though).

To Pressfield, Resistance is basically anything that gets in the way of you completing your work.  Resistance is capitalized because Pressfield works to enforce the idea that distractions and self-doubt are universal forces conspiring against you.  They are the enemy that must be defeated to reach your potential.

The War of Art now lives in my bathroom.  It’s written like a daily devotional, so it really is the perfect bathroom companion.  Plus, with a book, I don’t have to worry about dropping my cell phone in the toilet…not saying that’s ever happened to me.

question-markThat’s it for today.  If you are curious about some of the other writing books I have read, you can check out a listing of them I made by clicking right here.  I’m constantly eating my greens, and I encourage you to do the same.  If you have a book recommendation, I would love to hear about it!  I’m always looking for more books to devour.  Until tomorrow, keep reading, keep writing, and as always – stay sharp!

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12 responses

  1. As a writer and artist, this looks like an interesting book. I wrestle daily with this little voice that whispers, “That’s stupid.” Perhaps thinking of my creative pursuits as a war will help me conquer what I refer to as “the stupid voice.” Thanks for sharing it. I will check it out! Thanks for stopping by my blog at the YA Workshop.

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    • Thanks for the comment, and just let me say, your work is gorgeous. You should definitely ignore those voices and keep up the amazing submissions.

      As for the book, it is exceptionally motivating and written in a really interesting format. It feels like a daily devotional where you and Steven Pressfield don creative armor and do war against Resistance (those pesky voices you were talking about). The layout reminds me of C.S. Lewis’ The Screwtape Letters.

      I look forward to going through your blog more thoroughly and seeing new posts! Keep fighting the good fight.


  2. Just dropped in to say thanks for sharing this Corey. I saw it on Twitter and retweeted it as well. I just saw it there first, but wanted to properly say (without the 140 character limit) that I really enjoyed this.

    It’s nice to reflect back on past inspirations and posts. You honor me simply from being so kind as to share this information with the rest of us.

    I’m sure others would agree.

    Cheers ^_^

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    • I appreciate the kind words, SDS. I’ve been running short on time recently, but have been trying to push people’s content out onto to twitter and tumblr when I get the chance. Sometimes I feel that has more value than a simple like.

      Hope the move is going okay and you aren’t losing your mind!

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  3. I agree with your remark against the “us vs them” mentality. One of the most common characteristics I’ve noticed is that no matter how successful a writer is, doubt still gnaws at them.
    There’s a book called For Writers Only, by Sophy Burnham, and despite the misleading title, the book is wonderfully warm and encouraging.
    It doesn’t offer too many insights into the craft and skill of writing, but it certainly helps assuage any fears or insecurities the reader might be having.

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    • I will add that book to my cart on Amazon and snag it with my next bundle! Thank you so much for recommending it to me. Some of my favorite books on writing are more about the journey than the application so I don’t mind that part of it at all.

      Thanks again and I hope everything is going well for you, Adam.

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  4. Good Points. While I am one of those people who write just for myself, I’ve always thought I was part of the “writing world”. One of the things that keeps me going is the simple idea that writers write. Period. After filling a shelf and my head with ‘how-to-write” books, one day I finally just picked up a pen and started scribbling. I’ve always journaled, but that day I started writing sentences and paragraphs and sometimes single words that were more reflective of formed ideas.
    Love your blog.

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    • I know for me, writing has been a tremendous outlet for my creative energy. As a stay-at-home dad/hermit, I needed a place to dump that energy or I would have gone insane.

      I also know for many of my military veteran friends, writing is very therapeutic. Many of them will never publish (some of them will), but they still write and journal as a means to cope with traumatic past experiences.

      Thank you so much for reading, leaving some thoughts, and also for the kind words. Best of luck to you with your writing 🙂

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