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THE

of

ART

A book by Steven Pressfield


There’s a secret that real writers know that wannabe writers don’t, and the secret is this: It’s not the writing part that’s hard. What’s hard is sitting down to write.


Procrastination is the most common manifestation of Resistance because it’s the easiest to rationalize.


We will never cure our restlessness by contributing our disposable income to the bottom line of Bullshit, Inc.


Fear tells us what we have to do.


The part of us we imagine needs healing is not the part we create from; that part is far deeper and stronger. The part we create from can’t be touched by anything our parents did, or society did. That part is unsullied, uncorrupted– in fact, the more troubles we’ve got, the better and richer that part becomes.


The sign of the amateur is the overglorification of and preoccupation with the mystery. The professional shuts up. She doesn’t talk about it. She does her work.


Editors are not the enemy; critics are not the enemy. Resistance is the enemy. The battle is inside our heads.


The most important thing about art is to work.


Creative work is not a selfish act or a bid for attention on the part of the actor. It’s a gift to the world and every being in it. Don’t cheat us of your contribution. Give us what you’ve got.


The War of Art