Sitting Down

“Someone once asked Somerset Maugham if he wrote on a schedule or only when struck by inspiration. ‘I write only when inspiration strikes’ he replied. ‘Fortunately it strikes every morning at nine o’clock sharp.’

“That’s a pro.

“In terms of Resistance, Maugham was saying, ‘I despise Resistance. I will not let it faze me; I will sit down and do my work.’

“Maugham reckoned another, deeper truth: that by performing the mundane physical act of sitting down and starting to work, he set in motion a mysterious but infallible sequence of events that would produce inspiration, as surely as if the goddess had synchronized her watch with his.

“He knew if he built it, she would come.”

the War of Art, Steven Pressfield

Here’s the full title of this wonderful handbook: the War of Art: Break Through the Blocks and Win Your Inner creative Battles. That pretty much says it all, doesn’t it. Isn’t that what we’re alll trying to do, all day, every day? To win our inner creative battles? To gain mastery – not over all the outer distractions we face, but over the inner inertia that somehow keeps us doing from what we say and know we really want to do?

On every page of this fabulous guide, Pressfield tackles Resistance head on. He shows us its many guises. And it is surely a hundred-headed hydra. Afraid you don’t have enough experience to write? Resistance. Afraid you’re not skilled enough at your craft? Resistance. Feel pushed and pulled by the demands of your daily life to the point where you can’t create? Resistance.

So how do we resist Resistance?We beat it at it’s own game. We sit down and get to work. Write on!

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About karinwritesdangerously

I am a writer and this is a motivational blog designed to help both writers and aspiring writers to push to the next level. Key themes are peak performance, passion, overcoming writing roadblocks, juicing up your creativity, and the joys of writing.
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2 Responses to Sitting Down

  1. Nancy Burke says:

    Thanks Karin for this reminder to get ‘in the chair’ and invite the muse. Love your wonderful blog!

  2. Hi Nancy,

    Thanks so much for your kind words — they mean so much to me!

    Write on,
    Karin

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