He is an author I would not ordinarily choose to read. His books are about military stuff and wars. He is an ex-marine after all. According to his bio, he was made an honorary citizen of Sparta--for what that may say about him.
But I have read the War of Art, and it is time for me to read it again. From the introduction:
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.
That is really no secret. It is not that I have not been doing things. I have, but I still have a nagging feeling of being stuck, of spinning wheels. Spinning wheels is an apt image. It is my mind that is spinning, and that means that I am not fully present with what I may be doing.
It affects everything. I cook a meal and everything on the plate is the same color. I don't enjoy the meal. I sit down to do some sewing and I get distracted by re-organizing patterns or fabric scraps. Sit down to write...well, I am at the computer and what would be the harm in checking out Pinterest and Facebook and e-mail, and blogs, and a shopping site or two...time to go make another uninspired meal. I read a book and think I am enjoying it. The next day, I cannot tell you one thing about it.
Pressfield calls the problem RESISTANCE, a toxic force that sets in when we have an artistic urge, an urge for self-improvement of a physical or a spiritual nature, and urge to learn something new or to do something good ("anything that derives from our higher nature").
I call it lack of attention. I think Oprah would call it lack of INTENTION.
I recall feeling that Pressfield was kind of an over bloated ass about a lot of things. It irritates me that the imagery of something as hateful as war is used to encourage creativity and spiritual growth. But...does that make him entirely wrong? He is a military man expressing himself in the vocabulary he knows.
I can see a struggle between resistance and intention, but metaphor other than war might apply.
I intend to re-read this book looking for valid points that I can translate into my own vocabulary, my own world view.
AND...in a complete flight of fantasy...I write my own book and get invited to appear on the Oprah network to promote it.