“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.

Which is?

Write as if you life depended on it. Not that it does but then again, we're here for such a short period what else are you going to do?




Photo by Julienne Erika Alviar on Unsplash

PS. Here's a favourite video of Charles Bukowski talking about his craft.


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