Resistance: the refusal to accept or comply with something. That something for us is the need to write. It’s when fear, self-doubt and lack of clarity fight with your intentions. You set goals, you make a schedule, but you don’t actually show up to do the job…that is resistance.
Rather than try to examine all the reasons why we resist accomplishing goals let’s concentrate on overcoming and moving past resistance.
Many of you have likely heard of Steven Pressfield’s book The War of Art. It generally has good reviews though some question his peculiar analogies and suppositions. In particular his assertion of why Hitler went to war rather than become an artist is kinda screwy, but I understood what he was getting at. If you can get past those wacky ideas, it’s, a quick, easy read full of ideas that may help you fight back against your inner naysayer.
Another worthy read on his website, –Resistance is Not Us by Steven Pressfield
One of my favorite self-help books is Standing at Water’s Edge: Moving Past Fear, Blocks and Pitfalls to Discover the Power of Creative Immersion. I read this when I began writing in earnest. One of the strongest ideas I took from this book is how important support is while you pursue a creative endeavor. Anne Paris’s website.
Eric Maisel is one of the best known creativity coaches out there. I’ve read and like many of his books, though some may be more relevant others. In particular I enjoyed and found helpful, Toxic Criticism, Deep Writing, and Brainstorm.
If anybody has a particular issue of resistance you need help with, post in the comments.