In trying to balance this crazy week — massive project due, preparing for another night of putting together the newspaper, writing and lots of editing — I found another delight in reading. I read all the time: assignments, fellow students’ stories, other blogs, news articles and my nightly chapter of whatever novel I can get my hands on.
But while jumping from blog to blog this week, I found a link to a book excerpt I just needed to read. It’s Steven Pressfield’s “The War of Art.” This find was unexpected like a punch in the face yet refreshing like cup of cold water after a two-mile run, which you should know I never do. I break out in a hate-induced sweat just thinking of long-distance running.
This statement in Pressfield’s book struck me with its truth. Here’s the statement that grabbed me by the backpack straps:
There’s a secret that real writers know that wannabe writers don’t and the secret is this: it’s not the writing part that’s hard. What’s hard is sitting down to write.
What keeps us from sitting down is Resistance.
And all I could say was Amen. It was so true. In fact, I actually stumbled upon this diamond field while doing exactly what Pressfield was calling me out on. I was bopping around the Internet trying to find something to distract me enough, so I didn’t have to think about the work I should and could be doing.
I was losing the war against Resistance.
Needless to say, after telling nearly everyone I know about the greatness of the little excerpt of Pressfield’s I broke down — after two days of thinking and thinking and thinking about how true the few statements I read were — and bought the book. Even with my skimpy college bank account (OK, so maybe I bought a few too many Coldplay albums this week), I knew I had to get this book first in my hand, then in my head.
It’s coming Monday and I can’t wait to read it.
What are you dying to do this week?