Recently I posted a list of five books that I re-read every year. You can see that post here:
The first book on that list is The War Of Art by Steven Pressfield. If you’ve not read it, you should definitely fix that soon. If you have read it, you’ll know it’s a combat manual for writers (and other creative types) to deal with a force that Steve calls Resistance.
The thing about Resistance is that it’s like the mythological hydra – every time you recognize (and defeat) one manifestation of resistance then two more pop up to take its place.
That’s why Steve called his book ‘The War Of Art:’ because this is not a battle you can win in one day. It’s a campaign that you have to fight anew every day of your creative life.
And today I came across one of the favourite strategies that Resistance when creative people start taking action – and it’s something really sneaky strategy that you have to know about and guard against.