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This book is a frank demystification of the writing process that originated as a series of lectures given in 1969 to friends and other potential contributors to Rand's magazine, The Objectivist. "Any person who can speak English grammatically can learn to write nonfiction," Rand declares. All you need "is what you need for life in general: an orderly method of thinking." Rand values clarity above all else in nonfiction writing, and it is her own clearheadedness that makes this book appealing. Within these pages, Rand discusses subject and theme, audience, philosophy, outlines, writing, and editing. She takes swipes at The New Yorker for its "'brilliant' essays that say nothing," and at William Buckley, whose "trademark is to use words he probably spends half his time looking up in the dictionary." She rails against disruptions ("When I was writing Atlas Shrugged, I accepted neither day nor evening appointments, with rare exceptions, for roughly thirteen years"). And she is an exacting taskmaster who demands that you not choose a lesser aspect of a subject than "the deepest one that interests you and that you can do." Finally, says Rand, you must write from a position of complete confidence and omnipotence. "While you are writing," she says, "you must be God's perfect creature (if there were a God)." --Jane Steinberg
Most important she is dealing with my fears.
The Art of Nonfiction is taken from a series of informal lectures that Ayn Rand gave to students in 1969 on the topic of the art of nonfiction writing.
This book takes the aspiring writer step-by-step through the process showing him how to organize his thoughts and communicate them clearly.
I enjoyed reading this book, and it contained a lot of good information on writing principles.Published 1 month ago by m082844
I really did not like it. To many words used to get to the point. It seems like she was writing to impress instead of getting to the point. I lost interest. Read morePublished 3 months ago by ACE
Ayan Rand is one of my favorite artists whether fiction or non fiction. She is just about one of the top analysts in the writing profession and I use the present tense here as... Read morePublished 7 months ago by Patricia W. Golde
A genial work of Ayn Rand especially useful for all those interested in the philosophy and it's aplication in the art of nonfiction.Published 8 months ago by Think
If you want to know the secrets of writing, read writers -- not professors, critics, or professionals who moonlight as writers. This is the real deal. Read morePublished 11 months ago by NY Reader
I found the book very helpful and also being a real Rand fan I enjoyed seeing a personal side of her. Read morePublished 13 months ago by Susan Deyoung
Ayn Rand never wrote anything that wasn't valuable. For anyone writing or aspiring to write non-fiction, start with this book. Read morePublished 16 months ago by Richard Hawke