I’ve never read a self help book that wasn’t fatuous, obvious and unhelpful. Until The War of Art. It’s amazingly cogent and smart on the psychology of creation. If I ever teach a writing course this would be one of the first books I’d assign, along with the letters of Flannery O’Connor. —Jay McInerney
Steven Pressfield’s “Gates of Fire” is one of the most profound and powerful novels I’ve ever read. I’m not gushing. That’s not hyperbole. I genuinely mean that. I can’t recall how many copies I’ve purchased and given away. I even searched out a used hardcover for my library. Aside from making me a life-long fan, it set a gold standard for character and quality of work that I hope to attain one day. It might not have the same impact on you, but it was critical for me as a person and writer.
There are scads of writing books – some valid, many vapid. Most rehearse the obvious. This little book is more about art, creativity and the battle to be productive. I turn to it whenever I need a kick in the butt. I can’t recommend it highly enough.
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