- Paperback: 120 pages
- Publisher: Libertary Editions; F First Edition edition (October 20, 2010)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0984178678
- ISBN-13: 978-0984178674
- Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.3 x 8.5 inches
- Shipping Weight: 7.4 ounces
- Average Customer Review: 50 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,584,427 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The Golden Theme: How to make your writing appeal to the highest common denominator F First Edition Edition
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This is a fairly short book which makes for an easy read in the night. Upon reading this book I can say that my thought process as a writer has changed drastically. My ability to read between the lines as a reader has improved greatly. This book makes me think about writing in a very different way, and see beyond the surface story. While this may sound complex, the beauty of this book is the ability to express these ideas in a simple format.
I was blown away by “The Golden Theme” as it is relevant to every writer, every reader, every storyteller, every book, every plotline, and every genre. If there is one book for authors and readers alike to read, this is it. I cannot recommend it highly enough. It’s practically guaranteed to improve your writing, reading comprehension, and thought process when creating an outline as well as developing characters.
This book scratches the surface of great character development, and the differences between a well created hero and a poorly constructed hero, as well as a villain. It gives you the perfect amount of information to refine your own creativity and imagination.
If you are a reader, read this. If you are a writer, read this. If you simply want to understand stories and characters better, read this. Regardless of who you are or what you do, this book is for you.
Thankfully, McDonald is an author who writes with a mission in mind, and with the experience to back it. I knocked this book down in a day and a half at a casual pace, and have read it over twice now. As with Invisible Ink (I'm on my third read of that) I always find that either I learn something new, or I have been reminded of something old and important.
Some viewers would discount the wisdom and experience that he shares in this book, mistaking his precision and consideration of the subject as mere brevity and hastiness, when in fact it was most likely **hastily read**. It's a short book; do yourself a favor when you get it and read it slow. It's worth it.
McDonald also does a great job of relating some of his views on morality, and his own personal experiences in facing and growing up around prejudice to The Golden Theme. Whether or not you agree exactly with his views on morality is completely up to you, and it never stopped me from learning from and enjoying this guide.
Any artist knows that the personal experiences from life directly inform your work, and if you are honest, and you really know your craft, then the reverse will be true as well. Your work will inform the lives of others, and hopefully not just once, but many times over. As an artist myself, and an aspiring writer, Brian McDonald's "Golden Theme" has done this for me, and if you are willing to listen up, McDonald's words will do the same for your work as well.
We shouldn't forget that.