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"A vital gem...a kick in the ass." -- Esquire

"Amazingly cogent and smart on the psychology of creation." -- Jay McInerney

"As I closed THE WAR OF ART, I felt a surge of positive calm. I now know I can win this war. And if I can, so can you." -- Robert McKee, bestselling author of STORY


- Dream about writing a great novel?

- Regret not finishing your paintings, poems, or screenplays?

- Want to start a business or charity?

- Wish you could start dieting and exercising today?

- Hope to run a marathon someday?



In this powerful, straight-from-the-hop examination of the internal obstacles to success, bestselling author Steven Pressfield shows readers how to identify, defeat, and unlock the inner barriers to creativity. THE WAR OF ART is an inspirational, funny, well-aimed kick in the pants guaranteed to galvanize every would-be artist, vistionary, or entrepreneur.

"Creative work is...a gift to the world and every being in it. Don't cheat us of your contribution.  Give us what you've got." -- Steven Pressfield

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The War of Art
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4.3 / 5
May 4th, 2015
A military style approach to creativity. If you are a writer, then write, a singer then sing, a painter then paint, a pianist, then play. The book started off strong but fades off somewhere in the middle. Worth reading if you’ve been procrastination on your artistic pursuits or need a bit of inspiration to stay motivated.
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Sayin' like it is!
March 17th, 2015
The book in my opinion was a great read and had a very poetic feel to it. I love the way the information was delivered and in a "tell it like it is" way. All in all, I would recommend this book and I will read it again. Thanks for the insight!
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War of Art
January 27th, 2015
An excellent book for any creative person. Inspirational, instructive as well as a fine read. Get it.
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July 22nd, 2014
Full of insight and inspiration. I didn't love every moment of it--there were parts that I thought were dismissive or compassionless--but that's the way pep-talk books come across sometimes, since the focus is on action and not empathy. Overall this gave me a new way to think about art along the lines of Julia Cameron's The Artist's Way, but with far more brevity and no exercises to work through.
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Pure fuel for the one who create
May 29th, 2014
Everytime I open that book, even just to read one little article in it, it rekindle my creative passion and push me to head toward my next work. A must have for artists.
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Go create something - now!
December 27th, 2013
Steven Pressfield points out the evils of resistance and then sounds the clarion call to go forth and blast past it, to give the world what you've got. No matter your field, no matter your educational level, you've got something to contribute to the world. Presented in bite-sized chunks of wisdom and personal stories, this books' ideas are easy to get, but for most of us hard to do. He acknowledges the fight on every page, and implacably urges you go get over it and move forward.
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Beat Resistance (check)
December 8th, 2013
A great read for those you struggle to get things done, like myself. Found this book very enlightening. Oh and JRE.
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insightful indeed
November 2nd, 2013
new tool to the box
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September 29th, 2013
This is a great book for those who have lost touch of their inner self. I have found my path, thank you.
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The War Of Art
May 3rd, 2013
Inspiring for any artist!
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interesting read
April 1st, 2013
I don't have much to say about this book. it was interesting and gave me insight and a different perspective on my procrastination aka resistance. read it you might find something!
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The War of Art
March 30th, 2013
... the most moving ensemble of perfectly written words... it can, & will change you... its awesomeness will bring forth the warrior you are...
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