The War of Art

Steven Pressfield

What started as a discussion about Resistance quickly turned to the discussion of the mythical Muse, angels and the struggle of the Ego and the Self. The book personally began in a stuttering matter but quickly piqued my interest and in the end I found Steven's writing style to be incredibly engaging.

"The Self wishes to create, to evolve. The Ego like things just the way they are."

The War of Art is a 2002 non-fiction book written by American author Steven Pressfield. The book highlights the forms of Resistance faced by artists, entrepreneurs, athletes, and others who are trying to break through creative barriers.

Pressfield believes that Resistance is the greatest enemy, and he offers many unique and helpful ways to overcome it. The book is chunked up in mini chapters, some even just a few pages in length that helps you chip away at the book in little morsels or in bigger chunks if it takes your fancy.

The War of Art emphasizes the resolve needed to recognize and overcome the obstacles of ambition and then effectively shows how to reach the highest level of creative discipline. Think of it as tough love . . . for yourself. Whether an artist, writer or business person, this simple, personal, and no-nonsense book will inspire you to seize the potential of your life.