Tuesday, September 01, 2009


THE WAR OF ART

So I'm reading this book I got from the library called The War of Art by Steven Pressfield and it's just what every writer needs -- a kick in the tush.

The book states how it's human nature to allow resistance to delay our dreams or to discourage us from action.  Resistance's best friend is Procrastination.  Don't we all hang out with these two more than we should?  Their like negative friends that keep a lock on our lives as artists. 

It's beyond difficult to start a novel, screenplay, play or article as a writer.  Some days it's hard for me to write this blog!  We sit around a wait for our muse or for that BIG idea or that block of time when we can do it.  Well, The War of Art says we'll never get anywhere if we allow ourselves to be talked out of working or delaying it until TOMORROW.

What Pressfield says is be a pro about your dream -- do the work.  Sit down and write.  Make it part of your day and no matter what get those pages, minutes or hours in.  If you do that every day, the pages will pile up and your book or script or play will materialize before yours eyes.  Don't be critical of yourself or foresee failure or obstacles -- just concentrate on the work of the day.

It's like working out.  If we say "I'll do it later" or "starting Monday"... we let ourselves off the hook today.  So breathe and sit down and write.  Then go celebrate by watching a movie, or spending time with your kids, or taking the dog for a walk, or whatever it is you do to reward yourself!   You deserve it.

(BTW, Steven Pressfield has written many other books like "The Legend of Bagger Vance",  ""Gates of Fire" and "Last of the Amazons.")

And special thanks to Jennifer J. Bennett who gave this blog an award for one of her recommended blogs!   Thanks, Jenn!  Check out her blog at... jenniferjbennett.blogspot.com 

Until next time.

3 comments:

J.J. Bennett said...

Thanks... ;)

I find it's so easy for me to be excited about a new project. It's when I drag my feet and the excitement dims that makes me loose faith. Blogging helps you work through that. Reading books on the craft of writing has helped too.

J.J. Bennett said...

Another thing Janet,

I don't know if you're interested but there's a large following of writers who follow Nathan Bransford, a Lit. Agent for Curtis Brown. His blog is great and we have a large group who support each other. Come and stop by. The link is on my blog. Have a great day!

Janet said...

Thanks, Jennifer, I checked our Nathan Bransford's blog and it's terrific. Lots of helpful advice and practical tips for writing. I bookmarked it for sure.

Enjoy your day!
Janet