Lately, I’ve been doing a lot of doodling and sketching, but not getting much of anywhere. I guess, like many artists, I get caught up in the worries of trying to make a living instead of just doing the work of making art. The longer I go without producing artwork, the more “stuck” and worried I feel. It’s a nasty mire I get myself into!
In fact, writing this blog post is a rather poorly disguised attempt to avoid the drawing board, shame on me. So, I will try to at least make this post count and share something useful!
I just finished reading “The War of Art”, by Steven Pressfield. (ISBN: 0-446-69143-7) The book’s subtitle is “Break Through the Blocks and Win Your Inner Creative Battles”.
I heartily recommend it, especially if you’re struggling with procrastination in your chosen creative endeavor, whatever it might be. The book is divided into three sections: Part one deals with Defining the Enemy, which he terms ‘Resistance’. (I have to tell you, I saw myself …or rather my habits/excuses on every single page.) Part two addresses combating Resistance, (which made me feel better: I can do something about it!) and part three covers Mr. Pressfield’s thoughts on Inspiration.
While I might not agree with every idea he puts forward, (especially the 3rd part), overall, I found the book inspiring, positive and downright funny in many places…
Pretty much exactly what I needed.