"It is one thing to study war,
and another to live the warrior’s life."
– Telamon of Arcadia
If you’re an aspiring writer,
I’ve got good news and bad news...
First the bad news
1. THERE IS AN ENEMY
The playing field that you, the aspiring artist, stand upon is not level. It is stacked against you.
2. YOU ARE THE ENEMY
Resistance (self-sabotage, procrastination, fear, arrogance, self-doubt) is inside you. No one inflicts it on you from outside. You bring it with you from birth.
3. RESISTANCE WILL KILL YOU
If you don’t believe me, look around at friends and family who have talent and ambition in spades ... but are drinking, doping, abusing themselves and their loved ones, wasting their lives because they can’t get out of their own way and do the work they were put on this planet to do. Trust me: you will NEVER, NEVER achieve your dreams until you learn to recognize, confront, and overcome that voice in your head that is your own Resistance.
Now the good news
4. YOU ARE NOT ALONE
You're not "wrong" if your head is your own worst enemy. You're not "weak." You're not "sick." Everybody experiences Resistance.
Resistance is an objective force of nature, as immutable as gravity.
5. RESISTANCE CAN BE BEATEN
There's no magic bullet. No hack, no trick, no tip, no class, no degree.
But you, armed with the right knowledge and resolution, can acquire the self-motivation, self-discipline, and self-belief necessary to become a focused, mentally-tough working pro.
6. YOU'VE COME TO THE RIGHT PLACE
Whatever brought you to this site—luck, chance, maybe reading or hearing about The War of Art—doesn't matter. Welcome! You have found an ongoing resource to help you fight and win the inner war of the writer, the artist, and the entrepreneur.
Start with this War of Art [27-minute] mini-course.
The course's five audio lessons will ground you in the principles and characteristics of the artist's inner battle.
Continue each week (also free) with our "Writing Wednesdays" and "What It Takes" posts, each one like a new chapter in The War of Art. Plus continual videos, freebies, specials and new material throughout the year.