The book I read this week was The War of Art by Steven Pressfield. The title sounded so promising... "Break Through the Blocks and Win Your Inner Creative Battles." I was expecting actual advice or something that I could implement into my daily routines. Instead it was bullying babble written in paragraph-long chapters. He even goes as far as saying that mental illnesses may not be real but just you resisting your craft (ARE YOU FREAKING KIDDING ME?) Also, if it's easy, it's not the thing that you should pursue. There's a chapter called "How to be Miserable," sounds fun right? The only real advice I got from it was: "Do work everyday." That's the most repeated advice anywhere when talking about creativity. I honestly feel like the author (most famous for The Legend of Bagger Vance) just decided to write a self-help book and this is what he came up with.
If you like the drill sergeant and/or bullying approach this might be, as Esquire says, "A vital gem... a kick in the ass." To me it was a downer and left me anything but inspired.
If you have any recommendations for inspiring in a positive way art related non-fiction please let me know! Also if you read this, did you like it? Maybe I missed something!
Happy reading! xx