Which writer are you?

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1. I'm just starting out.

I've got a million ideas. I just can't get started.

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The War of Art will ground you in the inner struggle of the writer (or of any artist). Start here. Everything else flows from this source.

2. I feel I’ve got talent.

But when I read my stuff over, I want to chuck it into the trash. Will I ever get better? What's wrong with me?

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“Amateurs have amateur habits. Pros have pro habits.” Turning Pro will show you how to make the switch.

3. I'm a published writer and a success in other fields.

But I'm stuck in the middle of my new novel/screenplay/nonfiction and my courage is failing. How can I get through?

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Do The Work guides you step-by-step through the thirteen predictable Resistance Points where all of us hit the wall in any creative project. The section on Act Two Troubles is called “The Belly of the Beast.”

4. I'm a solid, disciplined writer with a body of work.

But I feel sometimes like I'm faking it and I'll be found out one day. Where can I learn the fundamentals of story-telling and career professionalism?

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Nobody Wants to Read Your Sh*t is the anatomy of storytelling from my ten years as a screenwriter and twenty as a novelist. (Bonus: lessons learned from seven years as an ad man as well.)

5. I don’t know what the [BLEEP] I’m doing.

Help!!!

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Go for the full monty. The Knowledge, though it’s fiction, may give you the most [bleeping] help of all.

ARE YOU TERRIFIED OF THE BLANK PAGE?

If you're overwhelmed with dread, that's a good sign.

The real artist is always terrified.
The fake artist is wildly self-confident.

Remember, Resistance always comes second. The dream comes first. The more Resistance you're feeling, the bigger the dream in your heart.

So if you've found your way to this site ...

... if your aim is to learn more about the self-generated demons that are frustrating your growth as an artist ...

... you've come to the right place.

If you're overwhelmed with dread, that's a good sign.

The real artist is always terrified.
The fake artist is wildly self-confident.

Remember, Resistance always comes second. The dream comes first. The more Resistance you're feeling, the bigger the dream in your heart.

So if you've found your way to this site ...

... if your aim is to learn more about the self-generated demons that are frustrating your growth as an artist ...

... you've come to the right place.

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“Resistance is a force of nature? You mean I’m not to blame? I can’t tell you how much better that makes me feel!”

—Oprah on Super Soul Sunday

Begin today

Start with this War of Art [27-minute] mini-course.

It's free.

The course's five audio lessons will ground you in the principles and characteristics of the artist's inner battle.

Continue each week (also free) with our "Writing Wednesdays" and "What It Takes" posts, each one like a new chapter in The War of Art. Plus continual videos, freebies, specials and new material throughout the year.

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DO THE WORK

Steve shows you the predictable Resistance points that every writer hits in a work-in-progress and then shows you how to deal with each one of these sticking points. This book shows you how to keep going with your work.

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NOBODY WANTS TO READ YOUR SH*T

Steve shares his "lessons learned" from the trenches of the five different writing careers—advertising, screenwriting, fiction, nonfiction, and self-help. This is tradecraft. An MFA in Writing in 197 pages.

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THE AUTHENTIC SWING

A short book about the writing of a first novel: for Steve, The Legend of Bagger Vance. Having failed with three earlier attempts at novels, here's how Steve finally succeeded.

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THE WAR OF ART

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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