This is such a gently written yet revealing read – for your chance to win a copy of this thought provoking read, answer this question – how did Karin write a note to her family? ** Giveaway for Australian residents only and kindly supplied by Harper Collins Publishers Australia. **
Winner randomly selected on 17th January 2020
**Veronica is the lucky winner – check your emails please.**
The War of Art:
Break Through the Blocks and Win Your Inner Creative Battles
Robert McKee (Foreword)
Internationally bestselling author of Last of the Amazons, Gates of Fire, and Tides of War, Steven Pressfield delivers a guide to inspire and support those who struggle to express their creativity. Pressfield believes that “resistance” is the greatest enemy, and he offers many unique and helpful ways to overcome it.
The War of Art – A review by Andy Macleod
I’m not only a reader, I’m a writer. I’m an advertising copywriter and that’s how I make my living.
But I’m also a creative writer, and that’s where I get stuck. As a copywriter I write radio commercials, brochures and web page content. These are usually short, bite sized pieces, easily digested. Novels are not, and I have about 5 unfinished, well, barely started ones to prove it.
That’s where The War of Art (2002), by Steven Pressfield comes in.
I read a lot of books about writing, it’s how I procrastinate, and, frustratingly, how I stop myself from writing. Yes, I read books designed to overcome procrastination as a devious way to procrastinate. But not anymore, because Mr Pressman has just given me a huge kick up the bottom.
The War of Art is broken into 3 parts, Resistance, Combating Resistance and Beyond Resistance, and Pressfield pulls no punches, and he punches hard.
As a pragmatist, this is just what I needed. I recognised myself in almost every point he made. His withering description of me hurt to my very core. But he was right. There’s an old saying, ‘If you can’t piss, get off the pot’, and that’s exactly what he’s saying.
If you’re having trouble writing you have two options, stop, or get professional about it, but whatever you do, don’t be an amateur.
The book is easy to read, speaks to rather than down to its readers, and has lots of real-life examples, some of which are outdated, like a reference to Lance Armstrong before his drug taking revelations.
If you’re a writer like me, and have tried everything to get your writing moving, The War of Art might be right up your alley. Its words might be a bitter pill to take, but sometimes that’s exactly what we need.
I am attending an amazing abstract watercolour workshop this weekend -it’s so energising. Thanks Stephanie Boyle Art
To celebrate the release of Khaki Town by Judy Nunn, we’re giving you the chance to win a trip to Townsville, including flights, accommodation and a scenic tour to experience its history and understand the inspiration behind the novel.
One winner and their nominated companion will win the trip worth up to $2500, including the following:
- Return flights to Townsville from a capital city in Australia
- 2 nights’ accommodation in Townsville
- A guided tour of Townsville Military History plus Scenic Tour Package
- Prize to be redeemed between the 1st May 2020 to 30th September 2020
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Van Gogh in 50 Works
Harper Collins Publishers Australia
From humble beginnings in Nuenen and Antwerp to his last month in Auvers-sur-Oise, this captivating book on Vincent Van Gogh’s life and works is the perfect introduction for all students and art lovers interested in late nineteenth-century and Post-Impressionist art.
Featuring fifty of his finest works, each painting and drawing is described and analyzed in beautiful detail, within the context of the period, so that the reader can really understand what the artist was hoping to achieve with each work. Drawing from the many letters that Van Gogh wrote to his brother, friends and others, curator John Cauman provides an enthralling and accessible narrative about the artist and his work, introducing the milieu, key characters, the themes, and legacy that continues to this day.
Among his most famous works, this book includes The Potato Eaters (1885), Père Tanguy (1887), Self-Portrait in front of Easel (1888), Still Life Vase with Fifteen Sunflowers (1888), Cafe Terrace at Night (1888), Bedroom in Arles (1888), Van Gogh’s Chair (1888), Portrait of Joseph Roulin (1889), Self-portrait with Bandaged Ear (1889), Irises (1889), The Starry Night (1889) and Wheat Field with Crows (1890).
This is a stunning collection, beautifully presented- the photography is first class- it looks like you have THE art in your hands…loved this very motivating read.
A must for all art lovers.
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Pan Macmillan Australia
Thanks to the generous people at Pan Macmillan Australia I have one copy of this 5 star book to give away on my blog. In the comments state what colour the sand is in the Mallee. **hint see description here.
**This easy competition is open to Australian residents only.Entries close 5th October 2019 and the winner will be randomly selected. **