How can you write through self-doubt? How can you break through Resistance to write and market your work? How do you decide which book to write next?
Steven Pressfield talks about being a warrior of the blank page, how he deals with Resistance around writing and marketing, as well as self-doubt and other aspects of mindset that we all face on the writer's journey.
In the introduction, the first traditional publisher produces an AI-narrated audiobook with Google Play's beta program [Publishing Perspectives]; Deep fake Tom Cruise [The Guardian]; Hyper-realistic, emotionally expressive and controllable artificial voices [Venture Beat]; Spotify rolls out to 80 new markets and 36 languages [Spotify PR]; Clubhouse for Writers.
Plus, I talk about lessons learned on the Wish I'd Known Then Podcast, and about literary prizes and competitions on the Ask ALLi Podcast; and if you love horror/dark fiction, you can be in to win 6 signed paperbacks in this limited-time promo (8-15 March)
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Steven Pressfield is the international bestselling author of non-fiction books including The War of Art, Turning Pro, and The Lion’s Gate, as well as novels including The Legend of Bagger Vance, Gates of Fire, and Killing Rommel. His latest book is historical thriller, A Man At Arms.
You can listen above or on your favorite podcast app or read the notes and links below. Here are the highlights and full transcript below.
- Resistance to marketing and how you have to overcome the feeling that you are a ‘bad person' to want to market your books
- The virtues of the warrior — and how to be a warrior of the blank page
- Researching historical novels … and how much to make up
- What is the story really about?
- Self-doubt and the mindset of the long-term creative
- Why Steve is still blogging and making videos as part of his book marketing. His latest series is on The Warrior Archetype
You can find Steven Pressfield at StevenPressfield.com and on Twitter @SPressfield