Writing Wednesdays

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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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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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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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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“Don’t Look Back and Don’t Look Down”

By Steven Pressfield |

This is a powerful mantra for any of us launching upon a long-form creative or entrepreneurial enterprise, e.g. writing a book, starting a business venture, trying to get our daughter into Harvard.

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Practice = Professional

By Steven Pressfield |

We were talking a few weeks ago about Seth Godin’s new book, The Practice.

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Recommending Rich Roll

By Steven Pressfield |

I want to recommend a podcast to you. This is actually the only podcast I save every time and the only one I never miss. 

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Ryan Holiday’s “Lives of the Stoics”

By Steven Pressfield |

I’m going to recommend another book today. You may think, eyeballing the title, that it could have no place within our “writer’s bookshelf.” But it should sit, believe me, front and center.

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Notes from the Inner War

By Steven Pressfield |

My girlfriend Diana and I were shooting a video for the “Warrior Archetype” series when we came upon this charming country cottage.

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Seth Godin’s “The Practice”

By Steven Pressfield |

There are certain books that we all should have on our Writer’s Bookshelf. Here’s one that I can’t recommend highly enough:

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