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The tale of Telamon in A Man at Arms is one I’ll never tire of.

I had the chance to appear on CBS This Morning recently to talk with the hosts about the new novel and my personal journey.

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Steve shows you the predictable Resistance points that every writer hits in a work-in-progress and then shows you how to deal with each one of these sticking points. This book shows you how to keep going with your work.

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A short book about the writing of a first novel: for Steve, The Legend of Bagger Vance. Having failed with three earlier attempts at novels, here's how Steve finally succeeded.



Steve shares his "lessons learned" from the trenches of the five different writing careers—advertising, screenwriting, fiction, nonfiction, and self-help. This is tradecraft. An MFA in Writing in 197 pages.



Amateurs have amateur habits. Pros have pro habits. When we turn pro, we give up the comfortable life but we find our power. Steve answers the question, "How do we overcome Resistance?"



  1. Ms. Moretti on March 13, 2021 at 6:39 am

    Thank you, and thanks to the producers of that segment. Even though I have read in print and seen you deliver your message in interviews before, I never tire of it – it is a message I need to hear frequently. This is why I hang around! I appreciate your efforts and committment to delivering your Work, and I continue to be inspired by it. Recognizing Resistance as an ever-present force has been the biggest piece for me as an artist. Seeing it like gravity or the passage of time has really simplified the Why questions – it comes down to putting in the work.

  2. Susan Setteducato on March 13, 2021 at 7:33 am

    This was awesome!! The world needs to hear about and internalize the Warrior Ethos, which for me has been embodied by the concept of Might for Right in the Arthurian Cycle, and by the Fenian Cycle in Irish Lore. Honor. Courage. The willingness to leave it all on the field for a higher purpose. Thank you, Steven. You inspire.

    • uivocatehoglin on February 8, 2023 at 12:02 am

      I respect your efforts and dedication to completing your Work, and I am continually motivated by it. The most important realization for me as an drift hunters artist has been that Resistance is a constant force. The Why questions have been greatly reduced when seen as being similar to gravity or the passage of time; it only requires effort.

  3. Jeanne Cuddy-Peretz on March 13, 2021 at 7:57 am

    Thank you for sharing this interview and new video series The Warrior Archetype. Just watched episodes 1-3 and will continue through to the end.
    My takeaway was admiration and inspiration, for which I thank you.
    It’s true, although I have read all your books on resistance, or the “inner battle” books. I haven’t read your “external battle” works. The two together would make a great gift!

  4. John on March 13, 2021 at 8:18 am

    I love how you’re always so positive in your interviews.

  5. Rita Echols on March 13, 2021 at 10:03 am

    You have been an inspiration for me .I am 91 and writing a book called “Geriatric Odyssey” I doubt I will finish it but it begins when my husband died .

    I was 87 and my journey began. I was hoping to finish when we were once again allowed to visit my friends in assisted living but as of this date we cannot visit their rooms.

    Will order your book.

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  6. Bonnie Lacy on March 13, 2021 at 11:28 am

    Well done! Yes, positive and encouraging. You are willing to teach. Enjoyed you on Joanna Penn’s podcast also! Great information!
    Thank you!

  7. Katie m. Berggren on March 13, 2021 at 12:56 pm

    this was so great – I cannot watch you speak, Steven, without a smile on my face 🙂 your kind and good attitude is contagious! Congratulations!! Sincerely, Katie

  8. Gigi Blackshear on March 13, 2021 at 2:32 pm

    Wow!! I sincerely hope you realize how much you inspire other writers. As I sit here at age 59 with my heart in my hands bleeding all over my laptop keyboard trying to finish my fourth attempt at writing the “Right” book, your interview landed in my life just when I needed it most! Thank you again just for being you and for sharing yourself with us through your great work. Blessings!

  9. Ken on March 13, 2021 at 3:09 pm

    Super Star performance as always.

    • Iain McClure on March 14, 2021 at 12:16 am

      Hi Steve,

      That interview was a great way to start the day – like others – I never tire of your saving message and I’m excited about reading ‘A Man at Arms.’

      I also believe that cats can teach us our true journey – my young Norwegian, Ragnar, did so last night – yeah I agree with the CBS lady – what happened to yours? Can you share?



  10. L R Gardner on March 16, 2021 at 7:05 am

    I really enjoyed the interview. The fraction of writers who receive large advances get such coast-to-coast coverage that it is impossible not to think successful writers just sit down and crank out another bestsellers.
    The idea of a fine writer who struggles is a whole ‘nother country.
    Meanwhile, a tweak. it is not “War of Art” that makes me laugh. That book scared the hell out of me. it is “Do the Work” which reminds me of the preposterous lengths one will go in order to avoid writing. Thanks again for your excruciating honesty.

  11. Hans Schiefelbein on March 16, 2021 at 1:43 pm

    This is great! Thanks for posting the video. War of Art has been a favorite of mine and those in my corner of the Internet for years… I know I should have read Legend of Bagger Vance years ago, so here’s my public declaration: it’s just been purchased and now on my list!

  12. Joe on March 17, 2021 at 7:53 am

    Nicely done on both coasts. I liked hearing Jeff make the point that “Some readers like his fiction, some like his War of Art-type nonfiction. I like both.”

    Charmed them all.

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    Was the cat comment from the reporter at the end actually a mis-reference of Blake Snyder’s “Save the Cat!” ?

    That said, I recently discovered Steve Pressfield’s work in my own writing journey and love The War of Art. Currently, reading Turning Pro. I’m into Stoicism – Marcus Aurelius and his Warrior Archetype is timeless and timely. Thank you for writing and sharing.

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