Resistance with A Capital “R”


The struggle I have always had is whether to write books or read them. Reading has won for most of my sixty-six years. I haven’t yet decided if writing about others books is my thing, but I am committed to do so for the remainder of this year. Hold me to it.

Reading is also about writing. I read to write. It’s just that my writing experiences resistance. Steven Pressfield in his book “The War of Art” says it well. Every day he gives me thoughts to think about and almost all of them on resistance. If you think of yourself as creative in any sense of the word, I recommend his book. I enjoy each and every page. He makes me think and often makes me laugh.

Here is a sample, “Ill health is a form of trouble, as are alcoholism and drug addiction, proneness to accidents, all neurosis including compulsive screwing-up, and such seemingly benign foibles as jealousy, chronic lateness, and the blasting of rap music from your smoked glass ’95 Supra. …..Cruelty is a form of Resistance, as is the willing endurance of cruelty from others….. Creating soap opera in our lives is a symptom of Resistance. Why put in years of work designing a new software interface when you get as much attention by bringing home a boyfriend with a prison record?”

It is Resistance with a capital R and by the time we have read all 165 pages we have thoroughly covered Resistance with a capital R.

2 thoughts on “Resistance with A Capital “R”

  1. jhvn May 13, 2013 / 10:41 pm

    Bob,

    Thanks for pointing out that Resistance lies behind many of the ills of the world. However in my experience the secret of what crouches behind resistance is far more elusive and sinister. I once knew a psychotherapist who said he became a therapist because he couldn’t afford to hunt big game in Africa. He had as much fun with clients hunting down their resistances. What trophies he found! And he got paid for his hunting, instead of shelling out the big bucks. So which swamp is the writers’ block giant lizard hiding in? Good luck with your hunting.

    Peace, John

  2. Lynne Spreen May 13, 2013 / 10:57 pm

    I figured that if I’m not going to be depressed over my lack of production (i.e. new writing), I have to set out a time to write. So I look at my week (only one week at a time as they’re all different), pick out 2, 3, or 4 days where I have a few hours free of a morning, and I label that on my calendar and PLAN for it. I even begin my writing days differently than “regular” days. From the time I get out of bed I know what my morning schedule will be, and I’m actually producing new fiction as a result. Babysitting and all.
    PS that book sounds interesting. But I don’t think I would have time to read it.

Comments are closed.