I’m in love. This time with a man called Steven Pressfield. Well not with him, but with what he writes and the way he writes it. I’d never heard of him until a few days ago, when I received by email the offer of a free book called Nobody Wants to Read You Sh*t, subtitled Why That Is and What You Can Do About It. I downloaded it because of its outrageous title and because I write, and I was hooked straight away – reading the book in two sittings. It starts off in that direct American style that we uptight British either love or hate (or usually both simultaneously) shooting straight from the hip, not afraid to use swear words. Its for anyone who wants to express their creativity, particularly writers. And although it begins tough and in-your-face, by the end Pressfield is soaring. The third part of the book is about the source of inspiration and creativity that he believes is in the other dimension – its the elixir of Awen from the Goddess that Druids are so familiar with. So if you’re into this Druid stuff you’ll find Pressfield covering familiar territory – he’s talking about the Muse, and it’s fabulous.
If you’re struggling with starting anything, facing creative blocks, or are just intrigued by creativity and how it works, his non-fiction is for you. (He writes novels too – that’s how he started).
The free book comes with no strings attached. No email to sign up to, no pitch at the end of the book. But what a great way to get your ideas out. I immediately ordered his The War of Art, which is superb on creativity, our blocks to it, and the importance of the Muse – I read this in a few sittings, and now I’m on to his Do the Work.
Click here to go to his website to get the book and I’ll paste in an interview below. Notice how well he explains Blake’s idea of eternity being in love with the creations of time (about 17 mins in).