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Publisher's Summary

In 1958, and again in 1969, Ayn Rand gathered a small group of her friends and acquaintances and gave an informal course on writing. At once a fascinating philosophical discourse on the art of creation and an invaluable guide for the aspiring writer, these edited transcripts are a treasure that will challenge, edify, and illuminate the way to more powerful writing.

Rand takes listeners step by step through the writing process, providing insightful observations and invaluable techniques along the way. She discusses the psychological aspects of writing and the roles played by the conscious and subconscious mind. She talks about articles and books, explaining how to select a subject and theme, how to identify your audience, and how to write the first draft.

Also, listen to the companion text, Ayn Rand's The Art of Fiction.
©2001 Estate of Ayn Rand; (P)2003 Blackstone Audiobooks

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"Ayn Rand is a writer of great power. She has a subtle and ingenious mind and the capacity of writing brilliantly, beautifully, bitterly." (The New York Times Book Review)

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  • Ms
  • Woodland Hills, CA, USA
  • 01-26-09

Great Content, but the narrator is annoying

I really like this book for what it has to say, but I wish they had gotten another narrator. The narrator takes the authors words and makes them sound arrogant and scolding, when I can't imagine that that tone of voice is what the author had in mind when she wrote those words. I'm learning a lot from this book, but it's taking a lot of work to get past the narrator's annoying tone and just listen to what the original intent of the author is. I really wish they'd re record this book with another narrator that doesn't sound so snotty.

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Narrator or Author?

I like the content, but the ego of either the writer or the narrator is exhausting--I can't decide whether to blame the author or the narrator. Her over use of certain words is distracting and annoying. One could gain a fair amount knowledge if he looks past the wagging finger of the self-proclaimed genius.

Comparably, Strunk is a house cat.

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  • Anthony
  • Old Bridge, NJ, United States
  • 06-04-14

Excellent

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

One interested in writing absolutely. Possibly even one who is not.

What was the most compelling aspect of this narrative?

Excellent narration Great voice. Fits the content.

Which scene was your favorite?

The logical breakdown of how to write and how to give your subconscious standing-orders to help the process- also tactics for fatigue and writers block. just really excellent advice.

What’s an idea from the book that you will remember?

Show a scene, don't tell it.

Any additional comments?

MUST READ FOR ANY ASPIRING AUTHOR NONFICTION OR OTHERWISE.

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excellent-highly recommend

she gives great advice, helped me a lot yo figure out what i was doing. worth a listen.

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It's actually very interesting to read tips from a great writer on how to write

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  • Clydene
  • San Diego, California
  • 08-11-11

Great Suggestions - But Very Dry

The book is good, but not great. A bit dry in places. I think some of her analogies are faulty because people should be encouraged to write; her observation about New Yorker being filled with the same type of writing does hold up to closer inspection. However, just because it has been done in the past, doesn’t mean it wouldn’t be completely new to someone who had never seen an original publication on a topic.

Thank God! Not every editor is Ayn Rand or we would only get about 10 books a year published.

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Advice from the master!

This overview on writing non fiction was an excellent insight into the process on which Ayn Rand an expert. I would highly recommend this even for the professional writer.

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  • Kyle Smith
  • 04-03-17

One of the most useful books on writing I've read.

The narrator is a perfect reader for Ayn Rand's style.

Rand provides both theoretical and practical riches on every page.