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Nobody Wants to Read Your Sh*t: Why That Is And What You Can Do About It by [Pressfield, Steven]
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There's a mantra that real writers know but wannabe writers don’t. And the secret phrase is this:


Recognizing this painful truth is the first step in the writer's transformation from amateur to professional.

From Chapter Four:

“When you understand that nobody wants to read your shit, you develop empathy. You acquire the skill that is indispensable to all artists and entrepreneurs—the ability to switch back and forth in your imagination from your own point of view as writer/painter/seller to the point of view of your reader/gallery-goer/customer. You learn to ask yourself with ev­ery sentence and every phrase: Is this interesting? Is it fun or challenging or inventive? Am I giving the reader enough? Is she bored? Is she following where I want to lead her?"

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1446 KB
  • Print Length: 191 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Black Irish Entertainment LLC (11 June 2016)
  • Sold by: Amazon Australia Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great for new writers and veterans 8 January 2017
By greatlakesguy - Published on
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Great book and an excellent follow-up to Mr. Pressfield's The War of Art. These are not how-to books for aspiring writers; those are a dime-a-dozen on Amazon. What Pressfield does in Nobody Wants to Read Your Sh"t is take what you already know to the next level. He shows you what gives your work texture, and what separates it from the others who are grinding away with the proverbial inciting incident, 3-act structure, and hero's journey stuff. For example, on p. 34 of the paperback, he gives a 2-page summation of how series creator Vince Gilligan told us what Breaking Bad was about in a small speech main character Walter White gives to class. (It's about transformation, if you need to know.)

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.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I approach this material from what many may consider an ... 22 September 2016
By Curt Simmons - Published on
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I approach this material from what many may consider an unusual angle. I’m sure that authors who have achieved significant success will likely not find much new in Nobody Wants to Read Your Sh*t. It is not an all-inclusive and defining work and I don’t think it’s intended to be. But those struggling to be published, or follow up that first successful novel, and especially self-publishers will find gold nuggets and inspiration in Steven Pressfield’s work.

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.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Warning: This book might change your creative life forever! It just gets better and better and better 18 October 2016
By Stephanie Romano - Published on
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If you are a writer, you need this book. Mr. Pressfield has a great sense of humor and a very stern message. No one wants to read your stuff. He's very direct and to the point. So, how do you overcome that fact and keep writing with hope? He spells it out for you. He's gathered up the best and employable devices to help us all understand the framework and structure needed to turn the title of the book into a question of ...why wouldn't anyone want to read this book. When someone takes the lessons they've spent life cycles learning, and makes a book that's easy to read, easy to understand and makes you laugh, you have a true mentor. Thanks to this book and the War of Art...I'm ready to take off my training wheels. I may fumble a little...but I'm so excited to grab my own project and give it the life it deserves.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars and I'm already seeing that sticking with it and slogging through SFD's and the like is just part of the deal 5 October 2016
By R. Morell - Published on
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Much needed clarity from the man who wrote THE WAR OF ART. I have found Mr. Pressfield's bracing words amazingly helpful, and somehow he manages to keep helping me to stay in the game. I feel so often a sense of failure in my craft, but that's just paying the dues, and I'm already seeing that sticking with it and slogging through SFD's and the like is just part of the deal. I have to remember that I get to do this, and Mr. Pressfield is right there himself doing the deal and sharing his insights on the process that has helped him get to where he is today. I can't thank him enough!
5.0 out of 5 stars Luminous! 9 January 2017
By Anna J. - Published on
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I couldn't put this book down. The author does a fantastic job of explaining what makes stories engaging and satisfying for readers, from 30-second ad spots to epic novels, and uses the principles he describes to tell his own story. I have recommended it to everyone I know who writes. It's a highly satisfying read: going through it, all kinds of lights come on as to why certain stories really speak to you, and why others don't, or fall flat. I also highly recommend Verlyn Klinkenborg's "Several Short Sentences About Writing," which focuses more on style and process (and is another short read that puts its own principles to work). These two together have made writing a profoundly fun and exciting process for me.