Writing Wednesdays

The Girl in the Moon

By Steven Pressfield |

When you and I as writers are looking to deliver a Big Moment, we often think it has to come in a rock-em-sock-em, five-star, dyn-o-mite scene in which characters are passionately declaiming at one another, if not firing guns, crashing cars, and blowing up the planet.

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Robert DeNiro sits in a chair

By Steven Pressfield |

I was working on a screenplay with director Andy Davis (The Fugitive, Under Siege, Above the Law) when he got an odd, dissatisfied look on his face.

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Inciting Incident #8

By Steven Pressfield |

We were talking last week about one of the qualities of the Inciting Incident, the moment in Act One when the story actually STARTS. We said that

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The Inciting Incident #7

By Steven Pressfield |

I wrote this in Nobody Wants to Read Your Sh*t:

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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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