- File Size: 708 KB
- Print Length: 319 pages
- Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
- Publication Date: March 26, 2011
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B004TZKEDA
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,294,771 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
Nascence: 17 Stories That Failed and What They Taught Me Kindle Edition
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Top Customer Reviews
As a writer, I find this book every bit as useful as Stephen King's ON WRITING. The books are completely different in tone and style, but I can't think of any other books I've learned as much from. It's a look at the realities of being a writer instead of the theory behind it.
I see myself making the same mistakes in my short fiction that Tobias Buckell made, only now I have a concrete example of why that type of story doesn't work instead of parsing it all out myself. And instead of just being told "do this, not that," readers get to see exactly what "this" and "that" are. For the first time in my experience of reading about writing, the author tells me "show, don't tell" and actually shows me what that means instead of telling me. Instead of making up examples of "what not to do" or "what to do," readers get to see real examples of failure and success that led to the author becoming a professional. That alone is worth the price of the ebook.
Whether you're a writer of short fiction, a fan of short fiction, or just get interested in the behind-the-scenes work that it takes to make it as a writer, NASCENCE is worth a look.Read more ›
The commentary before each story was for more interesting than the stories themselves, because it delves into the thought process that went into the writing. It's a distant view, sometimes years after the fact, but still an amazing glimpse into the craft of writing.
As I read through the first half of the book I saw many familiar mistakes. I laughed because Tobias pointed out some of the very same things I struggled with and in some cases continue to struggle with. By the last few stories finding fault in the writing wasn't nearly as easy.
Nascence is an insightful look at the growth of one writer's talent and a showcase of perseverance, learning and self confidence. A must read for anyone who is trying to "break" into writing.
A real gem!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Interesting, cute textbook. Writing advice is good. Stories aren't worth reading. Advice could have been condensed into a nice article or lecture.Published on October 11, 2013 by K. Yee
Buckell courageously shares his failed works, his learning pieces and shares his thought on just why they might have failed. Read morePublished on August 9, 2013 by Zane Dickens
Back in my college days my aspiring musician friends would talk about master classes, where an established pro would show them how it was done. Read morePublished on June 21, 2011 by Kindle Customer
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