“Are you paralyzed with fear? That’s a good sign. Fear is good. Like self-doubt, fear is an indicator. Fear tells us what we have to do. Remember one rule of thumb: the more scared we are of a work or calling, the more sure we can be that we have to do it.”
― Steven Pressfield, The War of Art: Break Through the Blocks & Win Your Inner Creative Battles
Mr Pressfield's book is easily one of the best books ever written.
Yes, it's true.
It's designed (in my opinion) to enable you to access a higher consciousness and to force you to do your best work.
When I say 'best' I don't mean the paid variety — although it's always nice to see the $$$ (as my kids would say) — but instead the variety that lives deepest in your heart.
OK, but what about writing?
Well, you don't need to read "The War of Art" to write. As Hemmingway said: "There is nothing to writing. All you do is sit down at a typewriter and bleed."
Or better still, as Bukowski said: "...go all the way."
In my case, I've been wrestling with a memoir for 8 years. I hope that 2020 will be the year I finally finish it. Also, I need to write longer pieces; but to date I've allowed Resistance — our main foe and as described in detail in "The War of Art" — to kick my butt.
But, then again, that's bullsh*t. If I really wanted to finish the book, I'd have done so. Instead, I've allowed other stuff to get in the way.
Sorry, I'm going slightly off the point.
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