Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Resistance – Bah Humbug!

For the past several days, my writing has become almost non-existent as I hurry to get all the holiday errands taken care of before the kids are home for Christmas break. But I have found time to read a little here and a little there. What better to read than craft books, right? Mostly as I sit in the car and wait for the kids to get out of school so we can then start the homework, supper and all around chaos again.

“The War of Art” by Steven Pressfield is a book I highly recommend reading at least once a year. Every time I pick it up, I find something new. And it’s not just for writers, but anyone wanting to pursue their dream. Whatever those dreams may be, we creative types all have one thing in common?

Resistance.

Anything that keeps us from doing what we love or what we want to do falls under this constant struggle we call resistance. Boy is there a lot of that floating around my house on any given day. But this time of year? Wow, if I had a penny for every time I made an excuse not to sit down and write I’d be a wealthy woman right about now. LOL You name it and I’ll find myself doing it before planting my bootie in my  favorite chair to work on my favorite WIP. Cleaning the bathroom instead of writing? What’s wrong with me?

Blurb from the back of the book:

In this powerful, straight-from-the-hip examination of the internal obstacles to success, best-selling author Steven Pressfield shows readers how to identify, defeat, and unlock the inner barriers to creativity. The War of Art is an inspirational, funny, well-aimed kick in the pants guaranteed to galvanize every would-be artist, visionary or entrepreneur.

Now a well-aimed kick in the pants is just what the doctor ordered for this procrastinator extraordinaire. Maybe I should read this book about every three months or so. Keep it all fresh in my mind.

From here on out, or until I read the book again, I plan to resist the urge to resist or eat bugs. LOL Okay, I sure hope you don’t hold me to that last part.   :)

8 comments:

Shayda Bakhshi said...

The threat of having to eat bugs is probably the single-most effective motivator to not procrastinate.

I also think that a lot of that resistance--at least for me--comes from a fear of failure; when you sit down to write, you HAVE to put words on the page. If they suck...well, that sucks. And no one wants to write throw-away pages (even though they're a necessary evil).

So I find myself saying, "Oh, I just have to finish X and Y--then I'll be ready to write."

Bull. I'm never ready to write until I'm writing. And that's just how it goes.

Great post!

Bethany said...

Great post, Melissa and definitely good reminders :-)

Tess said...

I haven't read this book, but I'm reading The Artist's Way...I highly recommend it too!! We are our own worst enemies!

Melissa said...

Shayda, you are so right! Fear of failure is a Huge one! What if they don't like it? What if I'm doing all of this for nothing. What if....Ugh. Darn those what if's. LOL I've just recently discovered if I sit down and write as soon as I get the kids off to school, all that other stuff still gets done and I feel so much better the rest of the day. All because I got words on the page. Usually not many, but words still the same. Hope I can make it last!

Melissa said...

Thanks, Bethany! :) Now all I have to do is remember them! ha!

Melissa said...

Hey, Tess! Sounds like a book I need to pick up! Worst enemy is right! Just who the heck is our biggest fan, that's what I'd like to know. LOL

Heather said...

LOL! I won't hold you to the last part if you don't hold me to it! That sounds like an excellent book. I'm going to have to get it!

Melissa said...

Deal, Heather! LOL The book relates to so much more than just writing. Boy, being creative sure is a difficult job. :)