Nobody Wants to Read Your Sh*t

And Other Tough-Love Truths to Make You a Better Writer
Narrated by: Steven Pressfield
Length: 3 hrs and 15 mins
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There's a mantra real writers know but wannabe writers don’t. And the secret phrase is this: "Nobody wants to read your shit." Recognizing this 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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How to get over the mediocre part of yourself

This book is fantastic. It's the kind of book I return to hundreds of times until I'm a living example of the concepts in the book. even as a painter, I learned a LOT. Senor Pressfield DOES IT AGAIN!!!

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Listened Twice

So full of info, good writing info I’d not thought of before. I listened twice. I liked this better than the War of Art. Also a great little gem for sex scenes that I didn’t expect.

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Pressfield another slam dunk ..

insights into his previous work and a new twist another Journey another adventure in artist way a call to create launch and create again

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A Theme? Imagine that; A Story Needs A Theme!

Hello Steven Pressfield:

Just checking in from HQ at Plain-as-the-Nose-on-My-Face, Ltd., located in the heart of the City of Dumbass, situated in the great and picturesque Commonwealth of Homer Simpson, because I'm compelled to and must report the sudden onset of a crimsoning and overheating face to the point that my eyebrows are sweating and there's enough egg dripping from it, my face that is, to make a nice custard and maybe a quiche, as well. Can I get an resounding and reverberating, "DOH!?" And in this case, "DOH!" says all that need be said. And here all this time I entertained a notion that I know what I am doing. For the record: That's a crock!

In further clarification, please let me state that I'm a complete imbecile, meaning that a) I don't now, and did not then, know what I am or was doing; and, b) I have all my appendages,accoutrements, education, training, practice, and so on signifying that, a) I am an imbecile, and b) nothing’s missing but some hair that likely knew and fled in humiliation and there's really not much of anything I need to finish up and get off this whirling blue rock.

Simply put: Anyone who fancies him or herself a writer, of anything, should get this and listen to it, a lot.

A theme? Well, I'll be damned.

Many thanks,

Neil

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Not only for professional writers

This book goes so much beyond the profession of writing.
It has helped me greatly improve my daily comunnication skils (writing e-mails, website articles, phone conversations...) by understanding a truth that everyone agrees with but almost no one takes advantage of: nobody wants to read your sh*t.

By understanding that people are busy and their attention span shortened, you are better inclined to set your communication a lot more direct, specific and especially interesting for the reader/listener. Instead of communicating what you want to say, you concentrate on what the other party whats to read/listen about.

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Nobody wants to read your Sh*t, but you want to listen to this audiobook!

Steve does it again. This book is incredible. I thought I was going to get drop-kicked a lot of tough love but it was that and then some. Steve really dives into story structure and how it applies to all genres of writing, fiction and non-fiction alike. He draws on his vast knowledge from advertising to screenwriting to self help and to fiction. Included in this is his anecdotal advice which helps you realize you’re not alone on the journey and that even the greats have had their share of suffering on the path to mastery of their craft.

A great listen. Steve is an excellent narrator. His down to earth style is ideal for this book. Two thumbs up and five stars.

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A confidence builder

I appreciate the honesty of this audible book. It is presented by the author with sincerity and taught me
that the best authors struggle too. Well done!

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Wake up Call

It’s a bit harder to apply this to non-fiction but my mind is spinning about coming up with ways to. He gives a lot more guidance on that toward the end. I will think about writing in a different way. I really enjoy Steven Pressfield’s “self help” books on audio. He reads them like a drama and it’s very gripping and never boring. There is never a lot of extra but just enough.

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Eye-opening!

amazing book with a no BS guide to make the reader a better writer and artist. The book is structured very well and is full of stories that implement the practices laid out. I am definitely keeping this book as a reference and plan to get the hard copy.

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To the point

A very effective and direct list of valuable lessons learned that teach crucial tips proven in real world professions of writing taught by a true professional

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  • DM
  • 10-13-18

A lesson to all book authors

Although it follows a great deal of Pressfield's life, in essence, the title says it all!...

The lesson?

No-one wants to read your ****,

so make EVERYTHING about THEM,

YOUR READERS.

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  • Schnuffle Pig
  • 10-12-18

Sharp, succinct, shockingly useful.

I don’t know why I resisted reading this...perhaps I thought it would be this same regurgitated writing advice that chokes the interwebs. But after hearing it recommended by several of my marketing heroes, I bit el bulleto. So glad I did. This is a refreshing masterclass in writing with endless food for thought and practical steps. In love.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 10-14-19

My go-to book when writing content

I’m a freelancer designer who knew nothing about writing, now that I have to write my own content this book proved a gem.

Not only does the title provide a very accurate reminder, but the book contains great advice and guidelines from top to bottom of how to write

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  • Anonymous User
  • 09-23-19

best book ever I have already listened two times

One of the Best book if not the best, I will be keep going back everytime I have to write something

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  • David Hughes
  • 04-27-19

A must listen and then read

Full of insight, perspectives, experiences that transcends. A must for anyone at any stage of your journey.