Month: June 2012

The Why I Don’t Do Interviews Interview, Plus

By Callie Oettinger | 15 Comments

Wednesday, Steve did an interview with Chris Brogan. When we scheduled the time with Chris, the idea was that this would be an interview on why Steve isn’t doing Turning Pro-related interviews.

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Self-Doubt and Self-Reinforcement

By Steven Pressfield | 39 Comments

I never talk about a project I’m working on. It’s bad luck. But something happened a few nights ago that made me think I should make an exception, both for the sake of my own thinking and for sharing an insight or two. So I’ll keep depiction of the project vague but the wisdom as clear as I can make it. I was at a professional event with a friend who, each time he introduced me to a new acquaintance, described and made a pitch for the project I’m working on. (Don’t ask why.) He did this a number of…

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The Necessity of Discomfort

By Shawn Coyne | 11 Comments

I do it all the time. I take on just enough projects and personal commitments to periodically induce a panic attack. It occurs every three months. Like clockwork. I’m working with writers on three novels, three works of nonfiction and lending a hand promoting two of their books. Each of these projects requires me to write an extensive brief of editorial notes and ideas. And…No….Verbal notes won’t suffice. I can’t just get on the phone and pontificate off the top of my head. If you are asked and you agree to evaluate someone’s work, you must show the artist respect.…

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The Hero’s Journey in Real Life

By Steven Pressfield | 28 Comments

We’ve talked over the past weeks about the hero’s journey as myth, as movie or literature, as a blueprint in our psyches. But what is it in real life? What is the spontaneous hero’s journey? One of our readers (and my friend) is a journalist named Andy Lubin. Andy has written in to our Comments section taking issue with the term “hero.” He feels such an exalted term should apply only to soldiers or Marines who save their comrades’ lives in combat, or firemen who run into burning buildings. The truth is, Andy himself is a hero in the sense…

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A Ride on the Wild Side

By Callie Oettinger | 4 Comments

Shoulder harness down. Seat belt locked. Loose items secured in cubbies next to the ride. Anticipation. Waiting for those magic words to blare through the speakers: Heeeere weee goooo! Nervous laugh. Gut tumble. Biting bottom lip. You know what comes next. We’re off, climbing higher, anticipating the rush to come, and then . . .

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More From “Turning Pro”

By Steven Pressfield | 16 Comments

Last Wednesday I posted in this space the first two chapters from Turning Pro. This week I want to include the following four. Mainly because I think they work nicely as a unit—and because together they give a real flavor for what the book is and what it’s about. Next week: back to our regular Writing Wednesdays. Now, chapters three through six from Turning Pro: 3.  MY LIFE AS AN AMATEUR When I was in my twenties, I lived for a winter in a boarding house in Durham, North Carolina that served as a halfway station for patients emerging from state mental…

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The Lunch Pail Manifesto

By Shawn Coyne | 14 Comments

The retro lunch pail and towering thermos on the cover of Steven Pressfield’s Turning Pro are in honor of some legendary Pros. Back in the analog days when the economy relied on blue collar muscle to build the modern world, Steelworkers gave everything they had to get that work done. In three shifts, twenty four hours a day, three hundred and sixty five days a year, hard-hatted men with lunch pails swinging from their gnarled hands passed through mill gates in Aliquippa, Baltimore, Bethlehem, Braddock, Buffalo, Chicago, Clairton, Cleveland, Gary, Homestead, Lehigh, McKeesport, Pittsburgh, Pueblo, Tuscaloosa, Steubenville, Weirton, and Youngstown among…

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Announcing “Turning Pro”

By Steven Pressfield | 48 Comments

Finally, after more than a month of technical tweaking and re-jiggering, it is my great pleasure to announce that my follow-up to The War of Art—titled Turning Pro—is now available. Major thanks to our webmaster, Jeff Simon, for flying back from a movie set in London to pull all the loose ends together. And thanks to the friends of this site for their patience. Shawn and I are publishing Turning Pro ourselves, under our new banner, Black Irish Books. The first press run is modest but until we run out, you can get a top-quality “first print” paperback from our new store by…

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The 500 Dark Pools

By Shawn Coyne | 13 Comments

Like everyone else, I love a great “origin story.” Especially since I’m in the middle of one myself (Black Irish Books). These kinds of stories focus on the creation of something . . . be it a company (The Social Network), a pop star (The Idolmaker), an investigation that leads to a President’s resignation (All the President’s Men) or even the act of not creating something (The Shining). So for fun, I thought I’d give you two book publishing creation stories. FULL DISCLOSURE: I represent both of the writers in these stories. I believe in their work and I am…

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