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The War of Art: Break Through the Blocks and Win Your Creative Battles

on January 19, 2016

Last week I blogged about writing anxieties and fears and I wanted to continue that topic by sharing a book which I have found invaluable to me in the creative process when dealing with resistance.

The War of Art: Break Through The Blocks and Win Your Inner Creative Battles is a powerful collection of short vignettes about identifying and breaking through our fears. It’s a book about the difference between a professional writer and an amateur–and no it’s not the amount of pages or words you write a day or how much you have published.

One of my favorite vignettes in the book is titled Resistance and Trouble. It says: “The working artist (writer) will not tolerate trouble in her life because she knows trouble prevents her from doing her work. The working artist banishes from her world all sources of trouble. She harnesses the urge for trouble and transforms it in her work.” 

And this...”Creating soap opera in our lives is a symptom of Resistance….If the level of drama drops below a certain threshold, someone jumps in to amp it up. Dad gets drunk, Mom gets sick, Janie shows up for church with an Oakland Raiders tattoo. It’s more fun than a movie. And it works. No one gets a damn thing done.”

And finally this.“The danger is greatest when the finish line is in sight. At this point, Resistance knows we’re about to beat it. It hits the panic button. It marshals one last assault and slams us with everything it’s got. The Professional must be alert for this counter attack. Be wary at the end. Don’t open that bag of wind.” –Pg. 18. The War of Art






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