The War of Art


The War of Art.

This book rocks.  This book tells us things we already know. This is a book we should all read anyway, every six months.

Breaking the book up into three sections, author Steven Pressfield first defines the enemy of our art – resistance.


it is invisible; internal; insidious; implacable; impersonal; infallible; universal; never sleeps; plays for keeps; fueled by fear; most powerful at the finish line; only opposes in one direction; recruits allies like procrastination, sex, trouble, self-dramatization, self-medication, vicitmhood; influences choice of mate; causes you to seek out healing, support; and seduces you into rationalization.


He then gives you a battle plan to combat this enemy. That plan is to turn pro.

Being a pro is someone who

does it for love of the game; is patient; seeks order; demystifies; acts in the face of fear; accepts no excuses; plays it as it lays; is prepared; does not show off; dedicates himself to mastering technique; doe snot hesitate to ask for help; distances herself from her instrument; does not take failure (or success) personally; endures adversity; self-validates; recognizeslimitations; reinvents himself; and is recognized by other professionals.

Pressfield sums this section up by writing, “There’s no mystery to turning pro. It’s a decision brought about by an act of will. We make up our mind to view ourselves as pros and we do it. Simple as that.”

Finally, he takes you past resistance into the higher realm where he explores

invoking your muse; the magic of making a start and of keeping going; the difference between the ego (where resistance has its home) and the self (that part of you that is creative with a connection to a higher realm); and exploring your territory or doing your work (that thing you would still do if you were the last person on earth) versus climbing in a hierarchy.

Again, this book rocks. It helps you  know the enemy, it identifies a plan, and helps you take it to the next level in 163 pages.

This book tells us things we already know. This is a book we should all read anyway, every six months.


About Southern Adventuress

Transplant from California now living in Charleston, South Carolina after getting married in September 2010 to a Southerner. Join me as I reinvent my house on a strict budget, navigate the streets of my city; meet the challenges of pet ownership; and delve into education after institutional learning.

4 responses »

  1. I found part one and two much more compelling than part three. However, my main disatisfaction was that the book had no pictures of blocks or any other art. Talk about a misleading title.

  2. I tried to get this at our local library with no luck…….I’ll try again! Could it have been possible that I had put in the title wrong.

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