Writing Wednesdays

Fear of Success Anonymous

By Steven Pressfield |

This is going to sound like a joke but it’s absolutely true. I once joined Fear of Success Anonymous, aka FOSA. This was in Los Angeles; almost all the group members were actors or screenwriters. The group got so popular it had to disband.

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Finishing, #2

By Steven Pressfield |

My first agent was a gentleman named Barthold Fles. He was seventy-six; I was twenty-nine. One day over coffee Bart asked me, “How much is 427 minus one?”

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“It’s very well typed”

By Steven Pressfield |

It took me seven years to finish my first book. (I wrote about this in The War of Art.) I couldn’t sell it. Couldn’t find a buyer. In fact it would be twenty-one more years before a novel of mine actually saw the light of publication.

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Gen. Slim Gets it Together, Part Two

By Steven Pressfield |

We left General Slim last week contemplating the string of catastrophic defeats his Allied forces had suffered at the hands of their enemy in Burma and India.

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Gen. Slim Gets it Together

By Steven Pressfield |

I’m reading a book I love but that I would not recommend to anyone unless they’re as crazy as I am. The book is dense. Reading it is like hacking a trail through elephant grass.  But every page has some powerful insight for us writers and artists if we’ve got the patience to stick with it.

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The Lost Art of Reflection

By Steven Pressfield |

You would think that I as a writer should know this and use it. But it took two friends—Joe Byerly and Ryan Holiday—to open my mind to this practice.

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By Steven Pressfield |

I know I promised last week to continue our examination of Michael Shaara’s Killer Angels, but instead I must interrupt this message with a word from our sponsor …

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Lessons from “The Killer Angels”

By Steven Pressfield |

Forgive me, every once in a while I can’t stop myself from delivering a post purely about narrative technique.

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Training = Turning pro

By Steven Pressfield |

Amateurs have amateur habits. Pros have professional habits.

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Training = Self-training

By Steven Pressfield |

We were talking last week about the writer or artist’s need for training.

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