Writing Wednesdays

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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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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Pike decides to die

By Steven Pressfield |

William Holden plays Pike Bishop, the leader of the “Wild Bunch,” in the 1969 movie of the same name. He has one of the all-time great Private Moments toward the end of the final reel.

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Are You Too Scared to Sell Yourself?

By Steven Pressfield |

I am. The illustration below is by the renowned and redoubtable Victor Juhasz. It expresses exactly the way I feel when a book is done and it’s time to get out and sell it.

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The Power of a Private Moment

By Steven Pressfield |

Why is a Private Moment so powerful in a book or movie?

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Thank You, Tom Guinzburg

By Steven Pressfield |

My original manuscript for Gates of Fire, back in 1996, was 802 pages long.

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