Could you be getting in your way of producing great work?
Have you started a project but never finished? Would you like to do work that matters, but don't know where to start? Do the Work is a weapon against Resistance - a tool that will help you take action and successfully ship projects out the door. In Steven Pressfield's richly imagined, vividly detailed story, golf legends Bobby Jones and Walter Hagen are joined by a local unsung opponent, the troubled war hero Rannulph Junah.
Played above raging Atlantic surf and under gathering storm clouds, their match is thrilling competition. But the key to the outcome lies with Bagger Vance, a caddie who carries the secret of the Authentic Swing. His mysterious powers guide the play and leave a lasting imprint on the lives he touches that day and in years to come.
Think of The War of Art as tough love Since , The War of Art has inspired people around the world to defeat "resistance"; to recognize and knock down dream-blocking barriers and to silence the naysayers within us. Resistance kicks everyone's butt, and the desire to defeat it is equally as universal. The War of Art identifies the enemy that every one of us must face, outlines a battle plan to conquer this internal foe, then pinpoints just how to achieve the greatest success.
All creatives are cursed. It's the subtle kind of curse. It's the kind you might not notice until you're 46 years old at a desk job wondering why you let the best years of your life slip away. It's the kind that keeps you paralyzed at 18 when you know you have something special to offer the world but everyone says you are too young. Don't die before you make your dent in the universe.
Do you ever feel like you have something special to offer the world? Something that only you can bring to the table? With your unique talents, past experiences, and passions, you can make something totally new.
Is it a novel? Is it a screenplay? A Michelin-star restaurant? Maybe it's the next billion-dollar app, or a world-changing non-profit. Whatever it is, it's your art.
And it's just waiting to get out of you. All you have to do is start. Creating for your own pleasure - whether you're writing a novel, composing songs, or painting a landscape - can seem pointless.
It's tempting to focus on pursuing money and fame, rather than the process itself. But as Srini Rao warns, creating then turns into a chore that can harm your self-esteem and suck the pleasure out of life, rather than being a source of joy.
Rao, host of the podcast The Unmistakable Creative , argues that we should counter this thinking by intentionally creating art for ourselves alone - an audience of one. In this illuminating fable, productivity expert Josh Kaufman explores the uncertainty and fear inherent in facing down any ambitious challenge, from starting a new business to completing a work of art. The risks involved can never be eliminated, but they can be understood, anticipated, and mitigated.
Armed with an adventurer's insights into tackling unknown and fearsome challenges, you can tame a project of epic proportions. How to Fight a Hydra is an essential handbook for artists, creative professionals, and entrepreneurs tired of ignoring the call to adventure. Novelist Jessica Brody presents a comprehensive story-structure guide for novelists that applies the famed Save the Cat!
Revealing the 15 "beats" plot points that comprise a successful story - from the opening image to the finale - this audiobook lays out the 10 story genres "Monster in the House"; "Whydunit"; "Dude with a Problem" alongside quirky, original insights "Save the Cat"; "Shard of Glass" to help novelists craft a plot that will captivate - and a novel that will sell. The land mine is me. After the explosion, I spend the rest of the day putting the pieces back together. Now, it's your turn. These are the qualities every writer must have, as well as a spirit of adventure.
In this exuberant book, the incomparable Ray Bradbury shares the wisdom, experience, and excitement of a lifetime of writing. Here are practical tips on the art of writing from a master of the craft - everything from finding original ideas to developing your own voice and style.
A creative writer's shelf should hold at least three essential books: a dictionary, a style guide, and Writing Fiction. Janet Burroway's best-selling classic is the most widely used creative writing text in America, and for more than three decades, it has helped hundreds of thousands of students learn the craft. In Indistractable , Eyal reveals the hidden psychology driving us to distraction. He describes why solving the problem is not as simple as swearing off our devices: Abstinence is impractical and often makes us want more.
Eyal lays bare the secret of finally doing what you say you will do with a four-step, research-backed model. Indistractable reveals the key to getting the best out of technology, without letting it get the best of us. This is a short book, with just one goal - to teach you the simple principles you can use right now to design a powerful scene before you write it.
If you've already written your novel, you can use these same principles to make each scene better. All great leaders, thinkers, artists, athletes, and visionaries share one indelible quality. Finding that proper mindset on the greens has always been my biggest Achilles heel and is something I need to improve most. For all you golfers out there, think four-putting the 18th green on consecutive days to miss a cut by one stroke in the biggest golf tournament of your life. It lives and breathes just like us.
To be truly successful at golf, you cannot be afraid of getting beat down. You need to embrace the challenge and face those difficulties head on. Funny thing is, you have to do the same thing every day in countless other things. Something we was born with. Over time, the world can rob us of that swing and it gets barried inside of us.
Some folk even forget what their swing was like. We all got it. Sometimes our biggest enemy can become us. Get out of your own way.