Book Review – The War of Art: Break Through the Blocks and Win Your Inner Creative Battles

Author: Steven Pressfield

Available on: Amazon, Audible

One book that repeatedly emerges as a must-read for creatives of all ages, particularly Silver Creatives, is Steven Pressfield’s “The War of Art.” This insightful guide delves into the internal and external obstacles that creatives face and offers practical advice on overcoming them.

The book is split into three sections. The first part explores ‘Resistance,’ the force that prevents us from creating. It could be fear, self-doubt, procrastination, perfectionism, or any number of self-destructive behaviors.

In the second section, ‘Combating Resistance,’ Pressfield provides strategies to combat this resistance. He emphasizes the importance of turning pro in mindset, showing up every day, and treating our art like a job.

The third and final part, ‘Beyond Resistance,’ delves into the concept of the Muse and the importance of opening ourselves up to inspiration.

What sets “The War of Art” apart is its raw honesty. Pressfield doesn’t sugarcoat the struggles of the creative process. Instead, he acknowledges them head-on and provides realistic solutions.

For Silver Creatives who have spent years honing their craft, this book serves as a reminder that they are not alone in their struggles. It provides the motivation and tools to break through creative blocks and continue producing their best work.

In conclusion, “The War of Art” is a valuable resource for Silver Creatives. It’s a call to arms against the difficulties we face in our creative journey, a guide to overcoming them, and ultimately, a celebration of the joy and fulfillment that comes from creating.


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