The War of Art – Book Club

4 Oct

We recently read “The War of Art” by Steven Pressfield for our book club. I know we have read this book before, but it is one of those books that I think you need to re-read every now and then (at least I do!).

The War of Art

The War of Art

The first part of the book is all about Resistance to making your art (whatever form your art is) and the many forms Resistance can take.

Most of us have two lives. The life we live, and the unlived life within us. Between the two stands Resistance.

The second part of the book is about combating that Resistance.

Aspiring artists defeated by Resistance share one trait. They all think like amateurs. They have not yet turned pro.

The third part of the book is beyond resistance – about the higher power of our Art.

The instinct that pulls us toward art is the impulse to evolve, to learn, to heighten and elevate our consciousness.

I think this is a great book. It is an easy read if you want to just get through it. However, I think it is better utilized as a slow read. Read just a few pages at a time and really think about those things and ponder them and figure out how the information fits into your own life. My book is full of highlighted sections and underlined parts and little notes in the margins.

At Book Club we focused a lot of our discussion on our own commitment to our art (whatever form that takes) and how much time we really devoted to what we create. We found that we do tend to treat our Art more like a hobby than we should. (There is a whole section in the book about the differences between being an amateur and being a pro.) We tend to squeeze in the time for our Art rather than making it a priority. I suspect most of us do this.

We also discussed how many of the items of Resistance we have fallen prey to. Yeah – that was pretty much ALL of them. 🙂

We also had some discussion about joining groups or classes or clubs. Pressfield identifies this trend as being a form of resistance. Perhaps it is – for some people. However, we felt that as women (our Book Club group is all women) we respond and flourish more when involved with other like-minded people. That it might be a difference between men and women, whereas women truly need that connection and interaction with others to do our best work, and perhaps men don’t need it as much. What do you think? Was that us just making excuses for using this particular act of Resistance or is there some validity to it?

If you are a creative person (and everyone is!), then you should read this book.


For October the Book Club selection is “Art Before Breakfast” by Danny Gregory.

For November the Book Club selection is “Lust for Life” by Irving Stone. 


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