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Nobody Wants to Read Your Sh*t: And Other Tough-Love Truths to Make You a Better Writer Paperback – April 25, 2016
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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.
An invaluable quick no bulls*** collection of keystone lessons anyone can probably benefit from.
If these ideas are new to you, buy this book. Now. It hammers home principles that must be known.
He shows us how to use many standard writing techniques though in unique ways. He explained how to use advertising techniques and movie script writing to thin out an amateur writer's flailing attempts and get to the meat of the meal.
I will keep this book around for reference mostly definitely.
Read it and write!
Steven does a great job of combining screenwriting/ advertising/ and sales techniques to help you find a better way to approach your writing. I'm surprised this isn't more popular...I would say its up there with ogilvys works.