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I loved this book, I am going to buy it and I have been recommending it to my friends. I found it to be very inspiring not just for artists, but for anyone who enjoys what they do. A lot of the comments below sound as though they didn't actually read the book, for what it's worth.
I really enjoyed this book because it gave me the courage to pursue something I've always wanted to do (art). It was straight-forward, and the message is clear. I think this book will help people who are ready to receive the messages. Otherwise it might come off as harsh and/or unenjoyable.
I couldn't finish this book.
The tone was way too self-righteous and preachy for my taste.
Art & Fear by Bayles and Orland deals with much the same subject and seems to me to be a much more balanced read
Sad to say, this book did little for me. The author spends the bulk of the book with short, and I mean short, articles about procrastination and "resistance." There is very little new here and it really doesn't focus on "art," but does pertain to anything that holds us back from action. With over 2/3 of the book focused on resistance, there's not enough about taking action, unless you can accept his distinction between amateurs and pros, with pros the ones who dig down, concentrate, and actually move forward in their passion.
Not usefull to me. A lot of disparate thoughts and half-empty pages.
Perhaps this author had something of value to share, but the poor style got too much in the way.
I think he thinks that he is Buddha, and that we are all his disciples. Sorry, not.
There's a good 2 hours interview with the author:
Loved this book as it provides a swift kick in the butt for those of us who know we should be making art, but keep making excuses instead. Fight resistance like your life depends on it - it does!
I'd heard rave reviews about this book. So, my expectations were high. This book wasn't what I expected. I skimmed it and "got" something out of it--ie read messages that were useful.
The way this book is written suggests that in an alternate history Steven Pressfield is a religious sect guru—he emotes like he's receiving divine direction—and The War of Art is the group's bible. Some say this is EXACTLY what being creative is all about. I say that's complete hokum.
The War of Art is one huge, spiritually infused pep talk aimed at those struggling with writer's block, or painter's block, or whatever. The majority of us, and I'm including myself here, would do well to ignore all this sermonizing and return to the non-procrastinating business of being creative. And in a nutshell that means quit stalling, sit your butt down and get back to work.
A book for all artists. Also, a book with a very spiritual message. Humorous, uplifting and yet serious. Bringing us down to the core of an artist's challenges. Looking forward to read his other books, like the movie-adapted The Legend of Bagger Vance.
The first part of the book is okay, but the author is religious and while there is very little religion in the book at the outset, it becomes increasingly pervasive as the book wears on making the last third of the book not particularly useful. Okay if you're religious (I guess) but I didn't find it all that useful in the end.
The book for all creative types who face the monster resistance, that is so often mistaken as procrastination.
I highly recommend this and the next one, Do The Work.