The War of Art by Steven Pressfield & Shawn Coyne

The War of Art

By Steven Pressfield & Shawn Coyne

  • Publication Date: 2013-04-27
  • Genre: Self-Improvement
4.5 Score: 4.5 (From 580 Ratings)

Book Synopsis

"…the most important book you've never read: The War of Art." -- Seth Godin
The Art of War meets The Artist's Way in this profoundly inspiring, no-nonsense guide to overcoming creative blocks of every kind. Bestselling author Steven Pressfield shows readers how to identify, defeat, and unlock the inner barriers to creativity.
"Amazingly cogent and smart on the psychology of creation." -- Jay McInerney

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Latest User Reviews

  • Afterword: The Art of All Arts

    By voyemike
    The (Missing) Afterword The ultimate art is your life, that you co-create with God. Show up to the field relentlessly. Be present every moment. Face the fear. Be willing to be born in every moment (which can be painful or miserable). Don’t take yourself (your ego) too seriously. Humbly accept the gifts that come along. Master the art of life, the art of all arts. Out of it flows every other art.
  • Set your expectations low

    By Aplotnikov
    A friend highly recommended this book because we have both been struggling with procrastination, and he suggested it was very inspirational for overcoming this. I have gotten halfway through, and I can honestly say that the only lesson I’ve learned is that professionals sit down and get the work done, no matter the pain. If you want to pursue a dream, set a routine. While he does sprinkle the a few inspirational references showcasing the importance of successful habits, it’s hardly a novel thought. On top of this, the author comes across as a massive douchebag on many occasions. He claims many audacious theories on how mankind is organized and divided, and his input is often baseless, in my opinion easily refuted with any critical thought, and worthless filler to the subject of producing professional work.
  • Incredible & useful

    By Andre Xavier
    The author brilliantly opens your mind to truths you wish you had known, or remembered, long ago! I’m about to read it again... like now!
  • Great Book.

    By Joejoebrown
    This is an excellent book for anyone being creative.
  • Hyperbolic nonsense

    By jakopz
    I don’t even know where to start. The author makes so many outlandish statements, mostly based on his prejudices, that it’s hard to take him serious. He equals eating fat and sugar with sin? This should never have been published. Also, the book has spelling errors and awful formatting. Clearly no one proofread this book.
  • Instant Clarity

    I read this entire book in one sitting the very day I bought it. I haven’t read a full book in about 2 years. That is really saying something. This book covers everything you need to know as a creative person. Thank you, Steven Pressfield for informing me on these key points and crucial information I so very much needed to pick up my career as an artist. Big ups.
  • Great read

    By Llehctimj3
    Great read🤙🏾
  • Great Book

    By RdubII
    Really good book. Definitely reading it a second Time
  • A must read

    By ProjectFenix
    War of art is as brilliant as it is simplistic and to the point, if you know you've got something in you and you've been holding back, read it, if you like to learn or better your life, read it! If you can read, read it! If you can't read, learn how, then read it!
  • Amazing Read

    By TheBookChain
    It's an amazing read and teaches you how to combat your inner battles. The book was very giving to me, as it gave guidance on how to explore your inner self in terms of creativity. From the book I learned we have a an angel and a demon each resting on each of our shoulder. They live within our soul and they each represent resistance (the demon) and genius (the angel). The genius is our Muse existing within us. The muse is our inner creativeness. But to ignite our inner Muse we must overcome resistance. Resistance is what we feel everyday, when we wake up in the morning, when we start a new project. It can take many shapes and forms and many times it can be seen as fear. Pressfield explains how we can overcome this fear, and distinguishes between two types of people: the amateur and the professional. He says: “The amateur believes he must first overcome his fear; then he can do his work. The professional knows that fear can never be overcome. He knows there is no such thing as a fearless warrior or a dread-free artist.” When you're going pro, “take a few blows. That’s the price for being in the arena and not on the sidelines. Stop complaining and be grateful.” He further explains, “The more scared we are of a work or calling, the more sure we can be that we have to do it.” He further explains the professional is an artist. The artist is the advanced model. His culture possesses affluence, stability, enough excess of resource to permit the luxury of self-examination. The artist is grounded in freedom. He is not afraid of it. He is lucky. He was born in the right place. He has a core of self-confidence, of hope for the future. He believes in progress and evolution. His faith is that humankind is advancing, however haltingly and imperfectly, toward a better world.” For the amateur, “Grandiose fantasies are a symptom of Resistance. They’re the sign of an amateur. The professional has learned that success, like happiness, comes as a by-product of work. The professional concentrates on the work and allows rewards to come or not come, whatever they like.”