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Writing Wednesdays

Writing Wednesdays

When Resistance Pays You a Compliment

By Steven Pressfield | Published: June 24, 2015

My friend Roda is on the cusp of finishing her second novel. We were having breakfast the other day and she was telling me she was absolutely overwhelmed by Resistance. “I know the dragon gets stronger the closer you are to the finish line … but wow, this is really more than I can handle. I’m stuck. The dark side is winning.”

Alfred Molina as "Doc Ock." The bigger the dream, the bigger the Resistance.

Here’s what I told Roda:

“If you’re feeling that much Resistance, think of it as a compliment. Resistance is paying you a compliment.”

Remember: the level of Resistance we feel at any point is directly related to the power of our vision and to how important our project is to the evolution of our soul.

In other words, Resistance is telling Roda she is onto something big.

Resistance is terrified that Roda will actually push through and complete her book. It’s terrified because it knows that if Roda does, she will have become a different person, a stronger person, an artist and a professional who is not only really doing her work but who is armed, now, with a vastly increased self-confidence that she can handle anything Resistance throws at her in the future. Resistance senses that it’s at the point of losing. That’s why it’s pulling out all the stops.

I haven’t read Roda’s book. I have no idea what it’s about. But if Resistance is hammering her this hard, particularly at the finish, it’s an infallible sign that Roda is poised on the threshold of something significant—artistically, personally, and professionally.

Three laws are at work here.

1. Resistance always comes second.

What this means is that Resistance has no existence on its own. It arises (like Newton’s Third Law: “For every action, there is an equal and opposite reaction”) only in response to a creative impulse, to a dream of potentiality, to a vision of something that might be.

Your book.

Your movie.

Your orphanage in Nepal.

Resistance is the shadow that appears only after your dream arises into the sunlight of your imagination.

2. The force of Resistance (again like Newton’s Third Law) is equal and opposite to the scale of your dream and of its importance to the evolution of your soul. (more…)

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What It Takes

What It Takes

The Lion’s Gate Book Giveaways After-Action Report

By Callie Oettinger | Published: June 19, 2015

Hitting the bottom of the box of The Lion's Gate.

Over the past month we’ve run a few giveaways. The following is some of what we’ve observed along the way.

200 Copy Giveaway

June 3, Steve announced a 200 copy giveaway of The Lion’s Gate, just as the paperback edition was being released.

The announcement ran at the top of his post “A Tale of Two Covers.

A link was included within the announcement, to a form readers could populate to submit their shipping information.

First day: All 200 copies were claimed. Of those copies, 198 were sent out by the publisher within a week. One individual provided a bad address, and hasn’t yet replied to our request for a correct address, and a second individual provided his name/address twice. (Yes, we do actually look at the lists…)

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Writing Wednesdays

Writing Wednesdays

Files I Work With, #5

By Steven Pressfield | Published: June 17, 2015

I did some posts a few weeks ago about the five files I keep on my screen while I’m writing. I posted four but somehow spaced out doing the fifth. My apologies (and thanks to Peter Brockwell for reminding me). Here it is now:

Dante and Virgil approaching the entrance to Hell (engraving by Gustave Dore)

I call this fifth file CULLS.

Have you ever seen an inspection station for tomatoes or potatoes? A conveyor belt shuttles the fresh-from-the-field produce past a line of human checkers (usually farm kids being paid eight bucks an hour.) The good taters and peaches sail past and get boxed up for market. The bad ones get plucked out and sent to agricultural hell.

Those are the culls.

My CULLS file contains everything I’ve cut from the manuscript I’m working on. I don’t delete anything permanently. I just stash it in literary purgatory.

Here’s why I like having a CULLS file:

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