Steven Pressfield

The Inciting Incident #7

By Steven Pressfield |

I wrote this in Nobody Wants to Read Your Sh*t:

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Episode Forty-Five: The Sarissa’s Song

By Steven Pressfield |

What lies beyond the Warrior Archetype? In this episode we revisit the moment in India when Alexander the Great’s army reached the limits of its conquests and turned around for home.

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Resistance and Mass Hysteria

By Steven Pressfield |

One of the things a writer realizes when she first becomes aware of her own Resistance—her internal, diabolical pull toward self-sabotage—is that it’s a dangerous world … not just “out there,” but “in here.”

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Episode Forty-Two: A Servant of Strife

By Steven Pressfield |

Some protest war. Others, like Telamon, embrace it even as they hate it.

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Resistance and Dreams #2

By Steven Pressfield |

Picking up from last week, the dream described in that post has helped a little. But I’m still being hammered by self-doubt about this new book. 

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Episode Forty: The Archetypal Soldier

By Steven Pressfield |

In this episode, we’ll go beyond the virtuous Spartans and the preeminent Alexander to a figure more like our own conflicted selves–my recurring fictional character, Telamon of Arcadia.

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Resistance and Dreams

By Steven Pressfield |

I’m starting a new book and Resistance is beating the hell out of me.

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Episode Thirty-Nine: The Afghan Campaign

By Steven Pressfield |

When a “civilized” army like Alexander’s confronts a primitive tribal foe (as Alexander did in the Afghan kingdoms in the 330s B.C.), it often sinks to the level of brutality and pitilessness of its enemy.

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Episode Thirty-Eight: Limits of the Warrior Archetype

By Steven Pressfield |

Alexander’s Macedonians–and even the Spartans themselves–saw their virtue crumble as they achieved preeminence over others.

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The Intersection of Necessity and Free Will

By Steven Pressfield |

“What I have tried to do is follow the dictates of Necessity. This is the solitary god I revere and, in my opinion, the only god that exists. Man’s predicament is that he dwells at the intersection of Necessity and free will. What distinguishes statesmen, as Themistocles and Pericles, is their gift to perceive Necessity’s dictates in advance of others—as Themistocles saw that Athens must become a sea power and Pericles that naval supremacy prefigures empire. That course of individual or nation aligned with Necessity must prove irresistible.”

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