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Nobody Wants to Read Your Sh*t: Why That Is And What You Can Do About It (vuoden 2016 painos)

– tekijä: Steven Pressfield

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FROM THE AUTHOR OF THE WAR OF ART ...There's a mantra that real writers know that wannabe writers don't. And the secret phrase is this: NOBODY WANTS TO READ YOUR SH*TRecognizing that painful truth is the first step in the writer's transformation from amateur to professional. "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?"… (lisätietoja)
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Teoksen nimi:Nobody Wants to Read Your Sh*t: Why That Is And What You Can Do About It
Kirjailijat:Steven Pressfield
Info:Black Irish Entertainment LLC, Kindle Edition, 191 pages
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Nobody Wants to Read Your Sh*t: Why That Is and What You Can Do About It (tekijä: Steven Pressfield)

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This is not really a follow-up to Pressfield's 'The War of Art' (reviewed elsewhere), but something to be read alongside. It draws at greater length on the author's personal and professional life, offering lessons and interesting anecdotes from his work as a non-fiction writer, novelist, screenwriter and advertising copywriter. Whereas the War of Art was aimed more broadly at creatives, this primarily serves writers - especially novelists and screenwriters (though it does also deal with non-fiction).

It is not as inspirational a book as War of Art, though it does provide more concrete advice. The reason nobody wants to read your shit (as he puts it), is that you've probably not done enough to make your shit worth reading. There is so much for people to read, so many things that they want to do with their time, that in order to stand a better chance of being read you have to stand out. And so, you need to work as hard as you can to make your writing as appealing and interesting as possible. This doesn't mean selling out or using gimmicks or formulas - Pressfield is clear that a blatant attempt to appeal to the lowest common denominator will not only likely fail to produce anything worth reading, but also probably fail commercially, and there is no magic recipe to follow. However, hone your craft, make the hard cuts, follow some basic guidelines, and do your best to make your writing shine, and you will at least produce something you can be proud of (whether or not success follows).

The nuts and bolts of the book - which I won't go into - are the various aspects of writing that we need to concentrate on: identifying a central concept (a clever or interesting way of telling your story), a unifying theme (what the book is really about), giving the characters a story arc, identifying an inciting incident and a satisfying climax - and so on. None of these insights are particularly original - you will find them dealt with more fully and perhaps better in other books on writing - but if you've read and liked The War of Art, then this is a very useful, engaging and concise guide to your next steps. Its prime appeal, I suppose, is that here is a successful writer who has pursued a varied career and has some carefully considered observations on what has and hasn't worked for him. If you like your advice with a personal, biographical flavour (and I do), then this is well worth reading. As with War of Art, the book favours brevity - most of the chapters are very short and pithy. Sometimes this is a little frustrating, and the approach can seem a little staccato at times - but overall there is a cohesive plan which will benefit careful study and application.

Gareth Southwell is a philosopher, writer and illustrator.
  Gareth.Southwell | May 23, 2020 |
Who would have thought you could write a semi-memoir about writing and narrative structure, and make it a page-turner? Steven Pressfield clearly did, because that is exactly what this short book is, and is also about.

I really enjoyed reading this, and I think I learned something too. I think there is a pitch buried in here too, but I don't begrudge Pressfield and Shawn Coyne [his editor] that, since they gave this work away for free. Hell, I think their pitch worked, I'm actually interested. Well done guys. ( )
  bespen | Jul 3, 2016 |
Pretty good stuff, as usual, from Steven Pressfield. It pretty much does pick up where The War of Art leaves off and provides that little bit of a kick in the pants you might need to get going and write... it'll help you if you're wandering a bit aimlessly, like a cloud, and suddenly you'll have your villain, the sun, and your Inciting Incident, maybe a stiff breeze off the Atlantic, shuffle it all into three acts and you'll have your story.
He's got a great, no nonsense voice and the years of experience to back it up. And whether you cut his book up and post it all over your writing room wall and adhere to his principles or if you just absorb a bit of it through osmosis it's certainly not going to hurt your craft too much (other than the fact that you're reading about writing rather than just getting out there and doing it -- but we all need breaks sometimes). ( )
  mhanlon | Jul 2, 2016 |
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FROM THE AUTHOR OF THE WAR OF ART ...There's a mantra that real writers know that wannabe writers don't. And the secret phrase is this: NOBODY WANTS TO READ YOUR SH*TRecognizing that painful truth is the first step in the writer's transformation from amateur to professional. "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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