I know the last book I was writing about was from Steven Pressfield and I want to warn you, this one is too. But it is only because his books are amazing!
I'm still trying to get the book 'do the work', probably when I get it I will write about it too.
But for today I want to tell you about 'the war of art'.
As always when I really like a book I mark a thousand sections. So let me show a few of my favorite ones, so you can get what this book is all about.
'The professional, though he accepts money, does his work out of love. He has to love it. Otherwise he wouldn’t devote his life to it of his free will.' (page 73)
'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 countertrack. Be wary at the end.' (page 18)
'Never forget: This very moment, we can change our lives. There never was a moment, and never will be, when we are without the power to alter our destiny.' (page 22)
'The professional shuts up. She doesn't talk about it. She does the work.' (page 73)
So for me those sections mark a few lessons learned and reminders for my own creative practice!
But because this book is full of important lessons, I also collected six of them to share with you:
The more you love something the harder resistance will fight it. So when you really do love something and you want to do it really bad it probably will be the hardest thing to do. But when you finally get it done your reward will be great!
'Friends sometimes ask, 'Don't you get lonely sitting by yourself all day?' At first it seemed odd to hear myself answer NO. Then I realized that I was not alone; I was in the book; I was with the characters. I was with myself.' (Page 46)
I just love this sentence. For me it's the same when I create my art. I am just really in the moment in my studio and I don't even think about other people or being alone. I’m accompanied by my art.
'Someone once asked Somerset Maugham if he wrote on a schedule or only when struck by inspiration. ' I write only when inspiration strikes.' he replied. 'Fortunately it strikes every morning at nine o'clock sharp.'' (page 64)
Yes! Just do the freaking work. Sit down and get started and it will come!
When you got out into the world, criticism will come no matter what. The good thing though is that you at least are out there doing your thing. Because people don't even mind to criticize you when you’re not even part of the game. So be proud to be part of the game and do it anyways.
In order to do our best work we need to eliminate chaos. The more we live organized and neat the more energy we have for our work. So start cleaning up that mess! Get everything ready so you can do your work as good as possible.
Surround yourself with pros from other fields to support yourself. You will have to deal with a ton of things you never did before, so get the best help you can get to handle those things like a pro too!
I hope you got a taste of what 'the war of art' is all about!
Get yourself a copy of this book and start reading, because I really do think it can change the way you create and do your work.
Even though sometimes it is hard to recognize destructive behavior by yourself, for me at least this book is a big help in getting more professional!
I hope you enjoyed this post. If you read 'the war of art' let me know what your biggest take-aways where!
I would love to hear from you.