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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: 1447 KB
  • Print Length: 210 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1936891492
  • 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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  • Word Wise: Enabled
  • Screen Reader: Supported
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
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  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #51,217 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)

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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.
5.0 out of 5 stars Luminous! 9 January 2017
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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.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Writers! Looking for clear, straightforward, inspiring advice? Read this!!! 25 July 2016
By Cybele_now-L - Published on
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Simply the best and most straightforward guide imaginable - for writers in all genres and types. Steven Pressfield generously shares his experiences in writing advertisements, movie scripts, fiction and non-fiction, identifying the underlying principles and structure of every - every - successful work. If you've read other guides - by Stephen King, or E M Forster, or Eudora Welty, or - well, whoever - you'll have encountered some/much of this material before...but rarely expressed in such concise and actionable form.
Read it and write!
5.0 out of 5 stars Good Advice for Writers 1 September 2016
By Peri Dwyer Worrell - Published on
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After reading this, I feel like I know how to take my first draft and make it into a novel people will enjoy reading. Too many books aimed at fledgling writers are full of philosophizing and abstractions. This book is very clear and simple from a pro who's made mistakes and offers advice at avoiding making them yourself.
5.0 out of 5 stars Best advertising advice ever 18 May 2017
By Ashley - Published on
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Most copywriting books talk about the basics such as bullets and market research and headlines but this is the first one to talk about the core of any message ever: how do you make it something people want to read?

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.

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