The War of Art

Friends used to come to me all the time and say, “I know I’ve got a book in me.”

So I would try to help them. We’d sit up till two in the morning with me explaining the concept of Resistance and psyching my friends up to overcome their self-doubt, their vanity, their fear, their self-sabotage. I did this on about ten different occasions.

Of course nobody ever wrote their book.

Oprah interviewing Steve on Super Soul Sunday.

No, I take that back. One person did, and it was a really good book that, alas, never found a publisher.

But back to those two-in-the-morning psych-fests.

Finally I got tired of them.

I said to myself, Steve, why don’t you just write this stuff out in book form. Then when somebody tells you that they know they can be a writer and they want your advice, you can just hand them the book and say, “Here, read this.”


The War of Art

Available in paperback, audio and e-book from the Black Irish Books store.

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Start with this War of Art [27-minute] mini-course.

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The course's five audio lessons will ground you in the principles and characteristics of the artist's inner battle.

Continue each week (also free) with our "Writing Wednesdays" and "What It Takes" posts, each one like a new chapter in The War of Art. Plus continual videos, freebies, specials and new material throughout the year.

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