Bookshelf: "The War of Art: Break Through the Blocks and Win Your Inner Creative Battles" by Steven Pressfield

If you don’t have any trouble at all to sit down and focus on a (creative) project, consider yourself lucky and feel free to skip this article because you won’t need any of the informations below!

However, If you are like most people, you probably have difficulties to sit down and immerse yourself in your work, and you will know this gnarling feeling that arises as soon as you want to take the first step. It is the reason why we procrastinate.

Steven Pressfield calls it Resistance. Resistance kept me away from working on my Ph.D thesis, it kept me away from starting this blog and it is currently trying to keep me away from writing these lines. This small book offers insights into how this phenomenon works and how we can deal with it.

I consider it to be one of the the most important books I have read so far and remind myself of its wisdom every time I try to avoid facing new (creative) challenges. It’s a quick read and you don’t have to be an artist to draw value from it. The concept is equally relevant for students, scholars, athletes and many more, because at the end of the day, we are all, in one way or another, creators.

Bibliographical info: Steven Pressfield: The War of Art: Break Through the Blocks and Win Your Inner Creative Battles, New York u.a. 2002.