Steven Pressfield

Abrahams on the carpet

By Steven Pressfield |

Here’s another “hand over your badge and your gun” moment, but without a badge or a gun. It comes from the movie Chariots of Fire, which won the Oscar for Best Picture and Best Original Screenplay in 1981.

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“And the Bad Version is … “

By Steven Pressfield |

This comes via my friend Charlie Daly, who got it from a screenwriter friend of his.

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“Your badge and your gun”

By Steven Pressfield |

We were working on the script for the first Steven Seagal movie, Above the Law. The director, Andy Davis, said, “We need a scene where Steve is ordered to turn in his badge and his gun.”

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Elevating the Threshold of Panic

By Steven Pressfield |

Picking up from last week’s post in our series on Fighter Pilot Wisdom, here’s more from fighter ace Ran Ronen:

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The Mission like a movie

By Steven Pressfield |

Continuing our series on Fighter Pilot Wisdom, here is Ran Ronen, one of the most celebrated combat fliers and commanders (he died in 2016 as a retired brigadier general) in the history of the Israel Air Force.

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“Dvekut baMesima”

By Steven Pressfield |

When I was doing research in Israel for The Lion’s Gate, I spent hours and hours interviewing fighter pilots. I had never known any before; I had no conception of their unique and super-specific mindset, the way they were trained to think and to prepare for life-and-death missions in the sky. I was amazed. I found these airmen’s way of thinking not only fascinating but extremely applicable to the way you and I work as writers and artists.

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Write the Big Moment Big

By Steven Pressfield |

I have a friend who runs a successful literary agency in Los Angeles. She represents screenwriters. I asked her once, “Is there any single mistake your writers make, not in business or marketing, but in the writing itself?”

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Coco Chanel’s advice for writers

By Steven Pressfield |

Coco Chanel was asked once, “What’s the single piece of fashion advice you would give to ladies (and gentlemen)?”

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Put Your Ass Where Your Heart Wants to Be, #2

By Steven Pressfield |

My friend Frank Oz has a term for this. He calls it “going the distance.” 

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Put Your Ass Where Your Heart Wants to Be, #1

By Steven Pressfield |

Let’s start with the most obvious interpretation of this axiom. (We’ll go deeper in succeeding weeks.)

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