- File Size: 1454 KB
- Print Length: 210 pages
- Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
- Publisher: Black Irish Entertainment LLC (June 11, 2016)
- Publication Date: June 11, 2016
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B01GZ1TJBI
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #56,924 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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I should note here that the book is for anyone dabbling in novels, screenplays, and even non-fiction. His thoughts on theme and just what your story is about are especially helpful, especially in this day of "structure is everything" where these issues are given short shrift. It is helpful that he illustrates how he came across these revelations for himself over the course of a career that spans advertising, novels, and screenplays (including a brief anecdote about an important lesson learned while rewriting a porn flick)
While The War of Art was a motivational treatise on what separates the pros from the wannabes in terms of attitude and personal approach, Nobody Wants to Read Your Sh"t is more about what separates the pros from the wannabes when it comes to the rules of writing we already know. I guarantee you'll find something -- maybe not a lot, but something -- important that will justify the cost.
By the way, Pressfield gives due credit to his buddy Shawn Coyne (The Story Grid). Mr. Coyne's work is highly recommended as well.
I say this as one who has made a career of writing, including stints as a newspaper reporter, PR guy, and freelancer. I also have a produced play and a non-fiction book to my credit, and am now working on a novel. It isn't much, but it's a living (barely at times). I'm not Stephen King, but at least I can say I'm a veteran published writer. So take my word for what it's worth when I say that after 35 years on the job, I'm still learning, and Mr. Pressfield is helping.
Pressfield fills this book with wise advice like, your novel must have a structure. Then he goes on to explain how to put the structure in place
Props for the eye-catching title.:-)
Pressfield delivers his advice in pithy, tiny chapters . . . 119 of them in less than 200 pages! I felt like I was scrolling through text messages rather than reading a book.
The other con for me is Pressfield alludes to his political views now and then. It is distracting and doesn't fit with the book’s how-to-write theme.
I know other readers didn’t mind and even enjoyed the way Pressfield wrote the book, but for me it was five stars for the great info, two stars for the poor delivery, 3.5 stars overall.
I find this format frustrating, but when I sit back and look at the overall ideas and then group them in a way that makes sense to me, Pressfield has written a great book full of good advice.
If you're looking for some creative inspiration and want to know how to put more structure in your writing read this book. If you're willing to do a bit of work and think about your overall business marketing, this is a great book.
I am not an author, but I narrate audiobooks. So my job is to translate the written word into the spoken word and tell a story that is hopefully enthralling to the listener. That means more than simply reading sentences and paragraphs into a microphone. Not that the writing process is entirely alien to me, but I found this book very helpful in my work as I endeavor to faithfully interpret what is written for the eye into a pleasing and entertaining experience for the ear. In fact, before accepting an offer to narrate, my first question for any unfamiliar author whose book I’ve not yet read will be, “What’s the concept of your novel and what is the theme.” Moving forward depends upon the answer.
Thank you, Steven for your entertaining and enlightening story about how to write. I do hear your voice.
Read it and write!