Free new book from Steven Pressfield

Steven Pressfield, author of Gates of Fire (the definitive retelling of the Battle of Thermopylae), isn't only a fine historical and military novelist, but an excellent writer on motivation for creativity. His book The War of Art is about the best on the subjects, and the follow-ups he's written to that each have something useful to say as well.

I've blogged in the past about Pressfield's (and his partner Shawn Coyne's) creativity/motivational writing work here and here

So, a promotional email drops into the inbox saying that a) he's got another creativity-based book and b) that ebook copies of it are free (in multiple formats) for a limited period.  


Anyway, the new book's called Nobody Wants To Read Your Shit: Here's Why  And What You Can Do About It, and for the present (I can't see an indication on how long this will last, so act fast if you're so minded) it's free as an ebook. The link's here.  

Hope you fins the book useful!

Doing the work - Steven Pressfield on overcoming "resistance"

At the time of writing, I've just finished pulling together some notes and resources for a writing workshop that I'm running in my home town. This brought me back to my spine-damaged and well-read copy of Steven Pressfield's The War of Art; for my money the best book on overcoming obstacles to doing creative work.

That led me onto YouTube, and to this clip, in which Pressfield summarises his ideas on getting past those negative forces, which he terms "Resistance":

The War of Art (and its sequel Do The Work) is well worth your time, as are Pressfield's novels, most notably Gates of Fire and The Afghan Campaign, which are among the finest historical novels I've ever read. Pressfield's website is here.   


My own novels Torc and The Prospect of This City are available here