TRL REVIEWS: The War of Art by Steven Pressfield

TITLE: The War of Art

AUTHOR: Steven Pressfield

PUBLISHED: 2002

PUBLISHER: Black Irish Entertainment

Quote: “The artist must be like that marine. He has to know how to be miserable. He has to love being miserable. He has to take pride in being more miserable than any soldier or swabbie or jet jockey. Because this is war, baby. And war is hell.”

Overview: What is stopping you from your creative goals? Steven Pressfield lays it out in The War of Art. He explains how resistance is keeping us all from our creative endeavors and provides us with a solution to overcome it. 

Analysis: The War of Art brings to the surface the reasons why you may not be succeeding creatively, what’s holding you back and how to move beyond it. Art is a constant war and daily struggle that must be brutally fought each day, each morning, when you wake up. I found the book to be a quick read and a helpful reminder. I’m not sure if there was much in the book the reader won’t already be aware of, however, Pressfield lays it out in an easily digestible manner and his words serve as that necessary reminder for all those in pursuit of their creative dream. DO IT! We go to work each day and attend to other personal obligations, but no one is there to kick you in the ass about your creative endeavor, until The War of Art.

The first 2/3 of the book were practical and helpful, however, the remainder was filled with writing regarding spirituality and how talent is provided by a higher power. While the first 2/3 are applicable to all readers the last 1/3 may be viewed as unnecessary to certain readers or not in line with the reader’s point of view. Regardless. this is one of those books to keep around after you finish and to flip through whenever you need a jolt to get out of a funk. 

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Conclusion: Read it, you’re bound to get something beneficial out of it one way or another. 

Rating: 4/5