I recommend The War of Art to every single writer I meet. I have yet to get any response except “life changing!”
I fall squarely between Pressfield’s thinking and process (Resistance is a dragon, slay it) and Seth Godin’s (Resistance is an ally, use it.) I say Resistance is a bully, make it irrelevant. Note that I can’t say “ignore it” because you can’t ignore a bully. But if you defuse them, do things to take away their power, they are no longer a threat.
This, perhaps, stems from being a very small kid, reading at college level in kindergarten, skipping a grade early on. I ran home a lot in junior high school to avoid getting beaten up. Also I have two brothers, both aggressive, both bigger than me even though one’s younger.
I have far more experience dealing with bullies than with dragons. Or, truth be told, with allies, particularly dangerous ones.
Your own wording of who Resistance is and how to overcome it every single day is more useful than blindly accepting anyone else’s version.
Writing to make a profit in 2013 requires either wild blind luck or choosing to write over-the-line sexual encounters. For this brief moment in history, books are a commodity: far more supply than demand.
Stick with it for 5 years, and the opportunists will have faded away or been pruned by market response.
For now, write because you have something to say. Word toward making a profit 5 years from now.
If you understand that self-publishing is a business which is connected to but not the same as the art of writing, you’re light-years ahead of many other authors.
Watch for posts on how Seth Godin is changing the book-writing and publishing world. For today, watch Seth himself talk about how, after his first book made the New York Times bestseller list, he gave his second book away—and made more money with it than his first book.