Fighting Resistance

Writers face resistance, but we can overcome it..

Since May, I’ve experienced resistance. Steven Pressfield describes resistance in his book, The Art of War, as an opposing force in the world that keeps you from fulfilling your dreams. It could be inner creative battles or self-sabotage. However, I am an overcomer and according to Pressfield, “Overcoming resistance is for more important than talent.” So, here are three ways I fight resistance.

Immerse Yourself
Get your hands on as many writing resources as you can. Whether it’s reading books about writing or watching moving about writing, it will fuel your creativity. Writers understand the struggle, and they will share how to explore your voice and strengthen your craft. Also, get a writing partner or join a writing group. Being around other writers will give you the motivation you need to fight.
My Favorite Writing Books:
The War of Art by Steven Pressfield
Bird by Bird by Anne Lamott
Writing Down the Bones by Natalie Goldberg
My Favorite Movies about Writing:
Finding Forrester
Freedom Writers
Dead Poet’s Society
Favorite Writing Apps/Websites:
Archuleta Chisolm
Word Wise Tip
Jeff Goins

Keep fighting like a pro.

Any form of exercise improves your health, which benefits your writing. After all, your thinking sharpens, and your energy levels stabilize. For example, when I reduced my daily walks, my writing declined. Since writing is mental and physical, exercising is essential. It creates discipline, increases energy, and pushes past limits that writers need.

Bible Plans
Since resistance is an opposing force, I combat it with something positive. I complete Bible Plans on the YouVersion App. The plans provide relevant experiences that help me focus, grow spiritually, and become inspired.

How do you fight resistance? Share in the comments and tell me which one way I fight resistance resonated with you the most. Please like us on Facebook, or follow us on Twitter or Instagram.


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