Writing Wednesdays

Wilderness = Hero’s Journey

By Steven Pressfield |

Why do we view our ordeals “in the wilderness,” in hindsight, in such a positive light? Why do people make such statements as, “It made me who I am today,” or “Excruciating as it was in the moment, I wouldn’t trade it for anything.”

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A Goddess at our Shoulder

By Steven Pressfield |

We were getting a little airy-fairy in our last post, speculating that some Unseen Cosmic Force of justice compels you and me onto our ordeals “in the wilderness.”

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Justice in the Wilderness

By Steven Pressfield |

Today I want to get to my favorite—and the most provocative—phrase in that passage from the Odyssey that we’ve been examining for the past two weeks.

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Odysseus in the Wilderness #2

By Steven Pressfield |

Let’s jump back into the Odyssey and see what else we can glean from Homer’s synopsis of his hero’s ordeal “in the wilderness.”

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Homer in the Wilderness

By Steven Pressfield |

We suggested in the last two posts that some form of “sojourn in the wilderness” seems to be necessary for the evolution of the soul. Let’s check in, then, with the seminal myth of Western Civ on this subject: Homer’s Odyssey.

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Wilderness = Exile

By Steven Pressfield |

What do we mean in this series when we say “wilderness?”

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In the Wilderness

By Steven Pressfield |

I’m thinking about my friend Gil, who served three years in prison. 

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Attention = Power

By Steven Pressfield |

I was listening to a Dan Sullivan recording about the power of ATTENTION. (Dan is one of my primary gurus for anything creative or entrepreneurial.) Dan was making the point that 

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Does Your Novel/Movie have an Understory?

By Steven Pressfield |

If it’s true that the Understory (the unspoken story-beneath-the-story) is more important than the Surface Story—and that it’s what REALLY pulls the reader/viewer through the drama—then what exactly is this thing? Where do we find it? And how do we as writers know if we even have one?

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The Muse Strikes Again

By Steven Pressfield |

I’ve been collecting Muse stories. Here’s an amazing one from Krista Tippett’s podcast, “On Being” (which I highly recommend subscribing to). It’s an exchange between the host, Ms. Tippett, and her guest, Elizabeth Gilbert, the author of Eat Pray Love, Big Magic, and many more—and a great and deep believer in forces that “are not dreamt of in your philosophy, Horatio.”

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