Steven Pressfield

Be a Pro for one hour

By Steven Pressfield |

When I used to work a forty-hour-a-week job and could only write in my spare time, I often thought, “Wouldn’t it be great if I could write full-time … instead of squeezing in an hour here and an hour there?”

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It Ain’t Stealing if it Twists

By Steven Pressfield |

We’ve been examining over the past few posts how the disparate story elements came together into the finished product that became A Man at Arms. Last week we talked about a “Vulnerable Character”— specifically the mute, feral young girl, Ruth—and how she proved to be the emotional heart of the story.

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A Vulnerable Character

By Steven Pressfield |

We were talking in last week’s post about A Man at Arms falling into the “Western” genre, even though the book is set in the ancient world—much as many samurai movies are Westerns, as well as post-apocalyptic tales (Mad Max, The Book of Eli), mutant tales, and even, in my opinion, John Wick movies.

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“A Man at Arms” as a Western

By Steven Pressfield |

We’ve been talking in the past few posts about the evolution of A Man at Arms from its shaky, unclear inception—and how one narrative element led to another until we had a fully-formed, living and breathing story.

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The Hero in “A Man at Arms”

By Steven Pressfield |

In our previous two posts, we examined several embryonic elements as they came together at the inception of an idea for a novel. 

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The McGuffin in “A Man at Arms”

By Steven Pressfield |

We’ve talked in earlier posts about “the McGuffin,” i.e. the item or person that the villain wants. Let’s examine this today in terms of the genesis of A Man at Arms.

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The Genesis of “A Man at Arms”

By Steven Pressfield |

My niece Meredith was getting married. She asked me to be the officiant.

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Lawrence of Arabia’s Private Moment

By Steven Pressfield |

Can you stand one more post about Private Moments?

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Show ’em where the bullets strike

By Steven Pressfield |

I never realized till I worked on movie sets that it’s not the director who shoots most of the action stuff. It’s the Second Unit Director. (Not always, but most of the time.)

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CBS This Morning

By Steven Pressfield |

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

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