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It’s a Kick in the Ass

By Callie Oettinger |

I will write the Great American Novel by the time I’m 18. I will write the Great American Novel. I will write a novel. I will write. Between ages 14 and 40, my goals changed dramatically, from starting with the heavy weights to lifting manageable weights every day. I was reminded of this when I read Steve’s post “Thinking in Blocks of Time,” which is among the articles included as additional reading in part three of The War of Art Mini-Course. In the article, Steve talks about returning from a vacation and gearing up to get back to work. The…

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The Artist’s Journey, Cont’d

By Steven Pressfield |

Friends and members, welcome to our re-designed site! Explore a little and you’ll discover a free five-part War of Art mini-series. This is brand-new, read by me. Each section is about five minutes long. The audio is a sort of intro to the principles of Resistance and the idea of Turning Pro. Click here to sign up and we’ll shoot it straight to your Inbox. Don’t be scared of the new site. It’s made for ease of access to all the resources we’ve been putting in place over the past few years. And now … back to our ongoing serialization…

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The War of Art Mini-Course, Part 5

By Tim Grahl | Comments Off on The War of Art Mini-Course, Part 5

Shawn Coyne: Hi and welcome to Part Five of The War of Art Mini-Course. My name is Shawn Coyne and I am the publisher of The War of Art by Steven Pressfield. All right. Let’s say we understand that everything we’ve talked about in these first four episodes. We know what Resistance is. We understand its own presence in our own lives. We’ve seen how it’s beaten us into submission in the past. We totally understand overcoming and combating it by “turning pro” and we understand how important it is to master our own craft. So at that point, where…

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The War of Art Mini-Course, Part 4

By Tim Grahl | Comments Off on The War of Art Mini-Course, Part 4

Shawn Coyne: Hello and welcome to Part Four of The War of Art Mini-Course. My name is Shawn Coyne and I am the publisher of The War of Art by Steven Pressfield. Okay, so now we’ve got our mindset. We’re going to “turn pro.” We’re going to put aside all of our amateur ways and really take the professional point of view. What does that mean really, like practically? What role does craft play in the creative life? How important is storytelling really? Are there central principles of the craft to grab onto and keep us treading water when Resistance doubles…

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The War of Art Mini-Course, Part 3

By Tim Grahl | Comments Off on The War of Art Mini-Course, Part 3

Shawn Coyne: Welcome to Part Three of The War of Art Mini-Course. My name is Shawn Coyne and I am the publisher of The War of Art by Steven Pressfield. Okay. We’ve defined our internal creative problem. We know that there is a nasty force out there determined to keep us from doing what we should be doing. It’s called Resistance. So how do we deal with this thing?

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The War of Art Mini-Course, Part 2

By Tim Grahl | Comments Off on The War of Art Mini-Course, Part 2

Shawn Coyne: Welcome to Part Two of The War of Art Mini-Course. My name is Shawn Coyne and I am the publisher of The War of Art by Steven Pressfield. In the last episode, Steve and I discussed the concept of Resistance and of how it plagues all creative enterprise. Now let’s explore the idea even further. As the Dalai Lama says,”The enemy is a great teacher.” So this is Episode Two of The War of Art Mini-Course, “Defining the enemy.”

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The War of Art Mini-Course, Part 1

By Tim Grahl | Comments Off on The War of Art Mini-Course, Part 1

Shawn Coyne: Hi and welcome to The War of Art Mini-Course. My name is Shawn Coyne and I am the longtime publisher of The War of Art by Steven Pressfield. Now, before I bring Steve in to discuss the big ideas behind the book, I’d love to give you some context. Number one: To date, The War of Art has sold 613,752 copies in the United States alone. Number two: The War of Art is that rare kind of book that has been both what publishers like to call frontlist bestseller—and that means it’s been on all the traditional bestseller…

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The War of Art

By Out Think |

Read this one first. It identifies the enemy—what I call Resistance with a capital “R,” i.e. fear, self-doubt, procrastination, perfectionism, all the forms of self-sabotage that stop us from doing our work and realizing our dreams. Start here. Everything else proceeds from this.

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Recognizing Opportunity

By Shawn Coyne |

Continuing my musings on the evolution of The Tipping Point, here’s the next installment from www.storygrid.com… It’s time for Malcolm Gladwell to deliver a fourth piece for The New Yorker. He decides the moment has come to open up that tipping point sardine can that he’s had marinating in the back of his mind’s idea pantry for ten years. The question now becomes how does he make it interesting to a wide audience?

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Turning Pro

By Out Think |

“Amateurs have amateur habits. Pros have pro habits.” Read this book right after The War of Art. It gets deeply into the question, “Exactly how do we overcome Resistance?”

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