I just finished reading through Steven Pressfield’s new manifesto, Do the Work.
It’s good. If you enjoyed what Steven’s written on art and resistance in the past, you’ll enjoy this book.
Most importantly, as I write this (May 4, 2011), the Kindle version of Do the Work is on Amazon for free. I don’t know whether the price is a promotion or if it’ll always be free. If nothing else, pick it up because what do you have to lose?
Do the Work is a manifesto, which means it’s short, punchy, and motivational. There are good things and bad things about this.
On the plus side, it’s a quick read, it’s got some great personal anecdotes, and it makes you feel good about sitting down, rolling up your sleeves, and getting to work. It’s also not as ‘fluffy’ as a lot of motivational stuff tends to be these days. Steven isn’t shy about admitting that sometimes, creative work sucks.
However, you shouldn’t expect detailed, step-by-step advice. Take it for what it is: a pick-me-up in book form. Don’t read it if you’re not in the mood for a pep talk, but know that, as far as written pep talks go, this is a pretty good one.
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