I got a copy of this little ebook when it was free, now it’s up to a mere $7.58 and well worth it. It’s a Kindle book. But you don’t have a Kindle, you say? Neither do I! I got the Kindle for mac application and can read it on my computer. I also got the Kindle App for the iPod Touch/iPhone and can read the book there.

When stuck in an airport recently and having finished my (paper) book, I re-read Do the Work on my iPod Touch. It’s that kind of a book, you can read it many times. Keep it in your back pocket and pull it out whenever you need it.

What is this little gem of a book? It’s a kick in the pants to get going artistically. It’s a mental how-to. Steven is a screenwriter and novelist, so the book is written a little bit more toward writing, but then again, not really. It’s about an creative endeavor.

There are many good books on this subject, which I’ve written about here. I like those too. This one is different in the way it frames the issue and how it tells you to go about it. I don’t want to diminish the power of the book by giving too much away. But if you need a kick in the pants to get you going on your art, this is the book for you.

The War of Art is another, older (paper) book by the same author. It’s mentioned in Do The Work, and briefly, while reading that one, I thought, shoot, is this just an ad for The War of Art? Let me assure you that it is not. It is a separate work of art.

The two books are related, in fact Do The Work contains some excerpts from the longer book. The longer book is more in-depth and may be of more help to you, depending on where you’re stuck, artistically.

For me, I found Do The Work to be more powerful. Perhaps because I read it first. Perhaps because of the graphic elements in the Kindle version. And that it’s shorter. Books like these must be hard to write. I’ve noticed that the best ones are short. One needs to get that kick in the pants and then get into the studio.

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