Writing Wednesdays

“You have to be a studio”

By Steven Pressfield |

I was doing a free rewrite a few years ago on the lot at Paramount when a producer friend spotted me on the bungalow’s porch and plopped down in the chair beside me. She asked me what I was working on beside this freebie. 

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Working for the Man

By Steven Pressfield |

Question: what will you and I do differently when we exit the ranks of the officially employed and set out on our own as artists or entrepreneurs?

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The Code of the Entrepreneur

By Steven Pressfield |

I’m borrowing (again) from my entrepreneurship guru, Dan Sullivan. Dan identifies a statement that every entrepreneur makes to him or herself—whether she does this consciously or not. It’s the entrepreneur’s code, the independent businessperson’s declaration of principle:

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Going to the Gym in the Dark

By Steven Pressfield |

It’s five in the morning and we’re on our way to the gym. This happens six days a week, rain or shine, Christmas, Fourth of July, your birthday. I hate it. Everybody does. We’d all rather be home in bed catching those lazybones Z’s. Why do it then? For me, it’s not because I imagine I’m going to be the next Mr. Universe. 

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Write the Big Moment Big

By Steven Pressfield |

[In honor of The Godfather’s 50th anniversary, here’s one of my favorite Top Ten posts of the past.]

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Tom Guinzburg saves my life

By Steven Pressfield |

When I first submitted my manuscript for Gates of Fire, it was eight hundred pages long. It was as big as a Manhattan phone book. My agent, Sterling Lord, told me flat out, “Steve, I can’t sell this. You have to cut three hundred pages.”

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The Universe Responds

By Steven Pressfield |

It is not an idle or airy-fairy proposition to declare that the universe responds to the hero or heroine who takes action and commits, i.e. you and me when we plunge in, wholeheartedly, to a new creative venture.

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The Known and the Unknown

By Steven Pressfield |

When we set out to write a book or a movie—or when we embark upon any innovative venture—we’re taking a step that has terrified the human race since our days back in the cave. 

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Seb rescues Mia

By Steven Pressfield |

Continuing our series on “Put your ass where your heart wants to be” …

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A Writer’s Apprenticeship, Hollywood version

By Steven Pressfield |

I had been in Los Angeles for about five years. I had written nine screenplays on spec (each taking about six months) and sold none. I had a terrific agent who was also a great friend, Mike Werner. 

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