“I loved this book – profoundly,” she said. “Written mostly for writers, the points made in this book stung like mad after I was laid off at the height of the recession-with no jobs in Interior design anywhere out west. It also made me realize the chaos that was in my head and how powerful it can be if you allow it.”
I bought the ebook for my Kindle app the next morning and started to push my way through it.
Like Laura, I found the words ringing true almost immediately.
Resistance, writes Steven Pressfield, is about self-doubt, fear and passion.
“(It) enlists criticism to reinforce the fifth column of fear already at work inside the artist’s head, seeking to break her will and crack her dedication,” he says.
As creatives, we commit ourselves to a life of criticism … from editors, peers and readers. It’s torturous at times because we invest a small part of ourselves in every piece of work we produce.
We give that small part to you — just like this blog post — to read, feast upon and review with a critic’s eye.
That’s just the first chapter. Pressfield describes how a professional creative must act to achieve goals and produce the words that sing.
And that’s when I decided to start taking more control.
I deleted all the game apps from my Facebook account. (OK, OK, not all of them. I kept SongPop.)
I steeled myself away from looking at Twitter.
I sat down at my laptop and I forced myself to write.
I also forced myself to leave my laptop periodically and do something to refresh my mind: walk the dog, ride my bike, hit my TRX or read.
This past weekend, I finished six pieces for three projects.
There wasn’t even a need to think about deadlines. The product was sitting in the Inboxes of my contacts long before they walked into the office this morning after a relaxing long weekend.