The Book I’ve Been Avoiding Writing

The Zen Rabbi of San Francisco

By Steven Pressfield |

[“The Book I’ve Been Avoiding Writing” (a.k.a. “Three Years of Writing and 40+ Years of Thinking About The Lion’s Gate“) is a mini-series about the writing of my new book, The Lion’s Gate. Thanks for tuning in as it runs Mondays and Fridays over the next few weeks.] How does the idea for a book come to us? Is there a seed? A trigger event? Do we recognize the inspiration in the moment or does it need to gestate for a period before finally surfacing into consciousness? I had a classmate in high school named Alan Lew. Alan was a…

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Saving Tel Aviv

By Steven Pressfield |

[“The Book I’ve Been Avoiding Writing” (a.k.a. “Three Years of Writing and 40+ Years of Thinking About The Lion’s Gate“) is a mini-series about the writing of my new book, The Lion’s Gate. Thanks for tuning in as it runs Mondays and Fridays over the next few weeks.] Okay, here I am with the idea to do a book about the Six Day War of 1967. But that’s all I’ve got. What comes next? How does a writer start a project? The first thing I did was phone David Mamet. NOTE TO READERS: Don’t try this at home. I am…

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A Bad Jew

By Steven Pressfield |

[“The Book I’ve Been Avoiding Writing” (a.k.a. “Three Years of Writing and 40+ Years of Thinking About The Lion’s Gate“) is a mini-series about the writing of my new book, The Lion’s Gate. Thanks for tuning in as it runs Mondays and Fridays over the next few weeks.] I found out I was a Jew when I was thirteen. My Dad told me. I never knew until then. It was kind of a shock. Two thoughts struck me at once: 1. If my parents have been keeping this knowledge a secret from me and my younger brother all this time,…

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