The Artist's Journey

Steven Pressfield

The Artist's Journey



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The Artist's Journey is a great little book, and a must-read for every aspiring artist. Starting with the theory of the Hero’s Journey, Steven Pressfield goes on to describe why the Artist’s Journey is the natural continuation of the process. Once the artist has discovered their talent, they continue on their journey of awareness through their art. This journey can last a lifetime, but it is not without its trials, challenges, and setbacks. These struggles are mostly internal, and involve taming our inner voice and overcoming resistance. An artist’s life is expressed by constantly going beyond invisible boundaries. Steven Pressfield’s take on the subject is essential reading for the many aspiring artists, who no longer want to put off until tomorrow what they should be doing today.

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Analysis and key concepts


The evolution of every story is based on the theory of the hero’s journey


The artist’s journey begins when the hero’s journey ends


The greatest challenge for an artist is to overcome resistance


Constant commitment allows artists to develop the unique skills necessary to make the journey


Art is the result of the artist’s journey, but it also represents the completion of the journey




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Many useful tips to:

  •  Discover the link between the artist’s journey and the hero’s journey.
  •  Acquire the necessary tools to embark on our very own artist’s journey.
  •  Understand how to become a conscious artist and pursue our creative goals.
  •  Seek inspiration and practical advice, in order to overcome our fear of ‘what if’, of ‘what next’, and of possible failure.

Steven Pressfield is originally from Trinidad and Tobago, and has been an honourary citizen of Sparta, Greece, since 2003. He is a former marine, and has written numerous historical novels, almost all set in ancient times,  such as Gates of Fire, Tides of War, The Virtues of War, and The Afghan Campaign. He also wrote a novel about golf, The Legend of Bagger Vance, which was adapted into the 2000 film of the same name, directed by Robert Redford, as well as writing other scripts and screenplays for cinema. The English edition of his latest novel, A Man at Arms: A Novel, was released in early April 2021.

Publishing house:

Black Irish Entertainment LLC