Writing Wednesdays

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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The Idea for “A Man at Arms”

By Steven Pressfield |

Readers ask me sometimes if there’s any individual character among all those I’ve written with whom I identify most. 

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Alone in a Room, Wearing a Mask

By Steven Pressfield |

The following is from an interview with the writer and director Paul Schrader (“Taxi Driver,” “Raging Bull,” “Light Sleeper,” “First Reformed”) from the L.A. Times, September 13, 2020.

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Alexander the Great and the Two Levels

By Steven Pressfield |

I felt at home in Egypt. I could happily have been a priest. In truth I am a warrior-priest, who marches where God directs him, in the service of Necessity and Fate. Nor is such a notion vain or self-infatuated. Consider: Persia’s time has passed. In the Invisible World, Darius’ empire has already fallen. Who am I, except the agent of that end, which already exists in the Other World and at whose birth I assist in this one?  

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Elizabeth Gilbert’s TED Talk

By Steven Pressfield |

I was in the middle of writing Eat, Pray, Love, and I fell into one of those sort of pits of despair … [and] I started to think I should just dump this project. But then I remembered Tom [Waits] talking to the open air [when inspiration for a song hit him while he was driving on the freeway and had no way to record it] and I tried it. So I just lifted my face up from the manuscript and I directed my comments to an empty corner of the room. And I said aloud, “Listen you, thing, you and I both know that if this book isn’t…

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The Unlived Life

By Steven Pressfield |

I started The War of Art with this thought:

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First Drafts are Killers

By Steven Pressfield |

You could join the Foreign Legion. You could cross Antarctica on foot.

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