Nobody Wants to Read Your Sh*t: Why That Is And What You Can Do About It

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Black Irish Entertainment LLC, Jun 12, 2016 - Self-Help - 208 pages

There's a mantra that real writers know but wannabe writers don’t.  And the secret phrase is this: 

            NOBODY WANTS TO READ YOUR SH*T.

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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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 ... Read full review

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Contents

NOBODY WANTS TO READ YOUR SHT
1
SOMETIMES YOU GOTTA BE SOMEBODYS SLAVE
3
ILL BE OVER AT NINE THIRTY
4
STEVE YOUR EGO IS GETTING OUT OF HAND
5
TWO FUNDAMENTAL TRUTHS
7
ADVERTISING
8
ITS HARD TO WRITE AN
9
DONT THINK IN ADS THINK IN CAMPAIGNS
10
ALL YOU DO ALL DAY IS THINK
18
HOW TO GET A BAD IDEA
19
PROBLEMS AND SOLUTIONS
20
DEFINING THE PROBLEM
21
DEFINING THE PROBLEM IN FICTION
22
CALL TO ACTION
23
ART IS ARTIFICE
24
ITS OKAY NOT TO BE 100 PURE
25

THINKING IN CONCEPTS
11
COME UP WITH A CONCEPT
12
CONCEPT IN MOVIES
13
CONCEPT IN LITERATURE
14
ITS OKAY TO BE CREATIVE
15
CLIENTS DISEASE
16
STEAL WITHOUT SHAME
17
FICTION PART
25
ROOTLESS
26
CLUELESS
27
MY DEMONS
28
READING
29
Copyright

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About the author (2016)

STEVEN PRESSFIELD has made a professional life in five different writing arenas-advertising, screenwriting, fiction, narrative nonfiction and self-help. He is the bestselling author of The Legend of Bagger Vance, Gates of Fire, The Afghan Campaign, and The Lion's Gate, as well as the cult classics on creativity, The War of Art, Turning Pro, and Do The Work. His Wednesday column on www.stevenpressfield.com is among the most popular writing blogs on the web.  

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