Book Category: Creative, Motivational, Writing,

The Authentic Swing: Notes from the Writing of a First Novel (book summary)

Author: Steven Pressfield
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Quick Summary
Pressfield’s The Authentic Swing provides the story and inspiration behind The Legend of Bagger Vance.

Key Insights

  • No one has the same swing
  • Every piece needs a concept or a “clothesline”
  • Theme is everything
  • Writers think in metaphors
  • Story is never about someone but rather about everyone

Practical Application

  • Create intermediary characters to bridge the gap (i.e. young and old version of a person)

Meaningful Quotes

“The odd thing, I’ve found, is that you don’t recognize a good idea in the moment. It seems to need time to gestate.”

“The writer’s life is about self-motivation, self-discipline, self-reinforcement, and self-validation.”

“In life, you’re born alone, you die alone, and most of the time you live alone.”

“In golf, no one can hurt you but yourself.”

“The golfer’s greatest enemy is himself.”

“Writing is weird medicine. You sit down not knowing what you believe and you get up knowing.”

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