Tuesday, March 28, 2017

War of Art - Worth the Read

One of the biggest struggles I have as a writer is the feeling of not being good enough.  Why would anyone want to read the things I write when they have so many incredible authors to choose from?  The resistance is real.  My guess is that it will be real for you, too.

Yes, there are countless better authors...and, yes, I will never write the perfect story, but I have a story to tell.  I want to tell that story.  I know in the previous post I talked about stopping the endless reading of "How to Become an Author" books; however, if you relate to what I'm saying, you do need to read The War of Art by Steven Pressfield.  I bought the audio book, and I have listened to it multiple times.  Pressfield calls out resistance and gives creatives a pathway to overcome it.

Things I have learned so far:

  • Just write - even if it's worthless junk.
  • You don't need permission to tell your story.
  • Decide how passionate you are about writing your story.  Ask yourself, "What am I willing to give up to do this?"  
  • If you answered nothing, you probably don't need to be a writer.
  • The story will NOT write itself.  You must be present to win!
I know these are ridiculously obvious, but wait until you are in the midst of trying to write your story.  I guarantee you will need to remind yourself of these things!

Now, get your rear in the chair and write.

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