The war of art

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This book is very funny and witty at the same time. it personifies resistance like a demon inside us, dressed in many different disguises and blocking us from doing what we are supposed to do. I love the thousands of cases and examples and the fluency of the sentences and the wording.. you just don't want to stop reading it.
Also it feels real because it is based on the author's own life and the blocks he has as a writer but at the same time anyone can identify himself/herself with his/her own case.
I would suggest this book to anyone because it is so pleasant to read but especially recommend it to those who feel they are experiencing some sort of unidentify internal obstacle which prevents from stepping towards their goal. A must read!

Excerpt:

"It's not the writing part that's hard. What's hard is sitting down to write. What keeps us from sitting down is Resistance."

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''Resistance is the most toxic force on the planet. It is the root of more unhappiness than poverty, disease, and erectile dysfunction. To yield to Resistance deforms our spirit. It stunts us and makes us less than we are and were born to be. If you believe in God (and I do) you must declare Resistance evil, for it prevents us from achieving the life God intended when He endowed each of us with our own unique genius. Genius is a Latin word; the Romans used it to denote an inner spirit, holy and inviolable, which watches over us, guiding us to our calling. A writer writes with his genius; an artist paints with hers; everyone who creates operates from this sacramental center. It is our soul's seat, the vessel that holds our being-in-potential, our star's beacon and Polaris. Every sun casts a shadow, and genius's shadow is Resistance. As powerful as is our soul's call to realisation, so potent are the forces of Resistance arrayed against it. Resistance is faster than a speeding bullet, more powerful than a locomotive, harder to kick than crack cocaine. We're not alone if we've been mowed down by Resistance; millions of good men and women have bitten the dust before us. And here's the biggest bitch: We don't even know what hit us. I never did. From age twenty-four to thirty-two, Resistance kicked my ass from East Coast to West and back again thirteen times and I never even knew it existed. I looked everywhere for the enemy and failed to see it right in front of my face."

"RESISTANCE IS INTERNAL Resistance seems to come from outside ourselves. We locate it in spouses, jobs, bosses, kids. "Peripheral opponents," as Pat Riley used to say when he coached the Los Angeles Lakers. Resistance is not a peripheral opponent. Resistance arises from within. It is self-generated and self-perpetuated. Resistance is the enemy within. RESISTANCE IS INSIDIOUS..."

 

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