Thoughtful Thursday Book Review
The War of Art by Steven Pressfield
Yesterday we talked about being creative. If you are either worried that your not creative, feel creatively blocked, or just do not know how to express your creativity this book is a great place to start.
Pressfield talks about the unlived life we all experience and what forms of resistance can prevent our creativity from coming to light. He explains in detail the harmful effects our own resistant subconscious can have on our imagination and how it can prevent us from pursuing a creative, fulfilling life.
He also informs us of the differences between professionals and amateurs and what changes we need to make if we are attempting to be a professional in our artistic endeavor. Another great topic he covers is how your family life can be affecting your attempts, or lack there of, to be creative.
This is a great book to get you moving and motivated in the right direction and on your way to being your true creative self. Since he touches on many subjects we’ve already covered here on the Blog, such as Preparation, and Patience, you will feel right at home.
A few inspirational exerts from the book:
“We’re all creative. We all have the same psyche. The same everyday miracles are happening in all our heads day by day, minute by minute.”
“Our job in this lifetime is not to shape ourselves into some ideal we imagine we out to be, but to find out who we already are and become it.”
“Creative work is not a selfish act of a bid for attention on the part of the actor. It’s a gift to the world and every being in it. Don’t cheat us out of your contribution. Give us what you’ve got.”
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Have a Thoughtful Thursday!