Resistance and the War of Art

“It’s not the writing part that’s hard. What’s hard is sitting down to write. What keeps us from sitting down is Resistance. Most of us have two lives. The life we live, and the unlived life within us. Between the two stands Resistance. Resistance cannot be seen, touched, heard, or smelled. But it can be felt. We experience it as an energy field radiating from a work-in-potential. It’s a repelling force. It’s negative. Its aim is to shove us away, distract us, prevent us from doing our work.”

Steven Pressfield,  The War of Art

Whether you are just starting out (a novice) or already are an established writer wanting motivation, the most important thing to remember is that writing is an act of creation. As a writer, your medium is letters, lines and curves, that you put together to construct thoughts, ideas, scenes, or conversations. The fact that a reader can formulate whole worlds in their minds from your words is incredible.

Creativity/artistry is a commodity of energy. Energy is energy. What you spend it on is what you get. The worrying-energy never actually solves it. Only taking action towards it did. You can spend your energy on worrying or you can spend your energy on solving the problem. You can spend your energy on thinking about writing, or talking about all the books you want to write, but if you spent your energy on writing the books then you have books.

Taking action is the key to success.

Write on!


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