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Nascence: 17 Stories That Failed and What They Taught Me by [Buckell, Tobias S.]
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  • File Size: 708 KB
  • Print Length: 319 pages
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  • Publication Date: March 26, 2011
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004TZKEDA
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I was lucky enough to get an advance ebook of NASCENCE, and I was blown away. Tobias Buckell's newest collection has what is probably the most unique premise I've ever heard of. He took 17 short stories he had never been able to sell, wrote introductions about why they wouldn't sell, then told readers what lessons he learned from it. The stories themselves are interesting and entertaining, too, but they're not stellar--that's the point. Readers take a journey through Buckell's training to be a writer, seeing the mistakes as he makes them, and what he did to get through the doldrums.

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.
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I wasn't sure what to expect from Nascence. Here was a book filled with stories that the author considered failures--not appropriate for publishing. Would I read them and think they are all better than the best I can do? Would I read them and wonder how he could have written this drivel?

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.
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Hats off to you, Tobias! You have laid out your failures for all to see. Your willingness to share these precious lessons is awe-inspiring! I find it very edifying, even illuminating. Your persistence, for one thing, is amazing--moving ahead toward the writer's life you planned, doggedly learning from your mistakes, having faith that you would get there. As someone else commented here, you've put together a "master class" for writers of fiction.

A real gem!
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Buckell does something that is somewhat rare. He shares with his readers the stories that failed and then talks about why they failed, what he did wrong, what was wrong with the story, and, if they eventually were fixed, what he did to change them so that they did finally succeed. A great look into the life of writings.
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