Yes, specifically to a writer friend. There are a lot of writing techniques provided, things to think about when writing or editing. It might be considered to be the basics of writing, but these are basics that are easily and often missed by writers, skilled and not.
The tips on writing, how to create the best storylines and descriptions while getting rid of things that detract from what makes writing good.
A straight forwardness about the skills one needs to be a well-rounded, good writer.
How to craft dramatic scenes, how to create the best out of a plot, how to write the best descriptions. A great book to own for future references.
I didn't always agree with her absoluteness about some things, but it was mainly near the end, when telling about her personal preferences. These, she expressed as what's the best and what's not good. Being an apparent non-believer, she had strong opinions about what religious fiction writing portrays. I'd say the last half hour of the book was the least helpful. The rest, I got much out of and would listen to again.
Rand was certainly ahead of her time...at least as far as writing craft. She was quite sure of herself, even when her examples were lacking. However, since she taught more than she went astray, I would totally recommend reading it. Just be prepared for some zingers in terms of some of her views .
This is a concise set of instructions for the thoughtful writer. Rand offers instructions for writing and living an objectivist life.
Not much could help this book. It is read by a reader in a style that matches the book - a prissy accent and so many "i.e.s" instead of using "for example", that is nearly ridiculous. Ayn Rand compares herself to famous master writers, classics, cutting them down in a derogatory "holier than thou" way I find unbelievable. She also manages to get her own political views ingrained by using those particular excerpts form her writing as "good" examples.Just a terrible read (listen) that I couldn't finish. A waste of my audible credit.
no, but it has certainly turned me off anything by Ayn Rand, no matter how well-known.
Just about anybody not so irritating to listen to.
This book is so good for the aspiring fiction author. "Invaluable" is the most articulate word I can use for this. I have listened to this book about five or six times so far and there is no doubt that I will listen many more times.