The War of Art: Break Through the Blocks and Win Your Inner Creative Battles

Author: Steven Pressfield
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by gadders   2020-07-24
Read The War of Art:
by mosselman   2020-05-06
I started reading a very relevant book on getting out of your own way today:

In general however, my advice is to relax. There is more to life than knowing little bits of many things. Try to learn something outside of computers. I find building things with my hands that aren't on a screen a lot more gratifying generally. Also, those kinds of skills come in a lot more handy in a zombie apocalypse. So there is that.

by paulmgroves   2019-07-21

RESISTANCE. Read this. It will help.

by Phoquy   2019-07-21

This is absolutely beautiful. I think what's most important is this: "this inner critic is your adversary, [but] it is also fundamental to the creative process".

In other words, don't try to avoid the struggle; face it, embrace it, because this is what creation is all about.

On that exact subject, I recommend "The War of Art" by Steven Pressfield. It's quite short but very intense, worth a read.

by wizardforhire   2018-12-27
We need to lower the noise floor or raise our attenuation level to valuable ideas, but yes this is a valid point. On a larger scale with population levels rising and our rate of dicovery/creation happening at idk... really fast, it behooves us crate diggers of good ideas is to step up our game. My only helpful suggestion to aid in this is read The War of Art[1]


by atom-morgan   2018-11-20
I'd recommend reading The War of Art:
by mikece   2018-11-10
Essential reading on this topic: "The War of Art" by Steven Pressfield
by gadders   2018-02-22
The War of Art [1] has some good advice on overcoming "resistance", the force that stops people from doing what they need to do.


by touchofevil   2017-08-20
As an extremely dedicated procrastinator, the most insightful idea I have found regarding this topic is something called "The Procrastination Doom Loop"[1]

I'd also highly recommend a book called "The War of Art"[2] which was written by a procrastinator who eventually made good.

I'm still struggling with procrastination, but my personal feeling is that the key is probably to create a routine where you just execute your productive work during a set block of time everyday, much like a job. This is just so you don't have to decide whether or not to do the work "now" which will break the procrastination doom loop. Good luck!


by pcbro141   2017-08-20
'Resistance' as Steven Pressfield would call it. Highly recommend 'The War of Art' to all.

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by kroger   2017-08-19
No book has helped me overcome procrastination more than Steven Pressfield's "The War of Art":

Instead of overanalyzing procrastination, he identifies the invisible but real force of Resistance and how to deal with it.

EDIT: grammar

by PoliticalBonobo   2017-08-19

I know all these thoughts too well. Can I recommend a book? It's short and is right up your alley. A composer recommended it to me, and I haven't been the same since. The War of Art

by bluhEwanka   2017-08-19

The War of Art: Break Through the Blocks and Win Your Inner Creative Battles

by iamwritingabook2   2017-08-19

No tricks per se, otherwise forcing yourself will be short lived and will produce low quality results. Having said that, this is what I did / do:

  1. Read "The War on Art" you'll understand why it's so hard to start doing something that you want to badly (TL;DR: it's your lizard brain / the resistance. Still read the book)

  2. Your brain works better in the morning, we all know that. And there are soooo many ~~things we need to do~~ distractions, well.. writing is your job, and you get paid with those distractions. Wake up and don't do anything until you have written some (you can quantify yourself what this some is, 250 words? 500? 2,500??) not even brushing your teeth, and surely not breakfast (that's the pay for writing). Questionable about bodily functions, it all depends how well you perform under pressure (jk). YMMV

  3. Develop better habits, starting from #2 above.

Quotas seem to work, you can have a words quota, or time quota, or a combo.

What I have seen working is a quotas, you determined how many words/time a unit of writing is, let's say 500 words or 30 minutes; and how many units is your minimum per day. You take it from there.

Here's the real trick you have just read my thing and you're not going to like it at all. Great! You and I are not the same. Pull it apart, be the brutal editor of my work, make it so that it works, pretend you're doing it not for you but for a friend who asked you for help. Then... follow your own advice, but for the sake of the Muses and the Gods of writing, keep #1.