A while back I read and tried to take to heart Steven Pressfield's "The War of Art." Now, all I had read of Pressfield was his "Gates of Fire," a novel of the battle of Thermopylae (a battle later depicted in the phenomena,"The 300") which wasn't impressive as "real" literature so I was a bit skeptical that he could provide instructive coaching on the energy and stamina necessary for producing art. I apologize to Mr. Pressfield most heartily as I feel "The War of Art" should be read by anyone wishing to engage in any type of artistic endeavor. He writes about the art of writing but just substitute painting, photography, sculpting or any other artistic form and bathe in it.
Anyway, what I wanted to get to was a YouTube video I found this weekend on the channel "Storytellers," that uses Pressfield's work as fuel for an essay about the difference between amateurs and pros. It's a well produced and instructive essay and I'm sure I'll return to it often.
Video: Turning Pro