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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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Featured Article: The 10 Best Audiobooks on Writing


National Novel Writing Month—or NaNoWriMo, as the pros call it—is the one time every year you can be totally obsessed with your novel, live knee-deep inside your own stories, and no one can say anything about it! It is, in short, a creative writer's dream (or nightmare, depending on how well you write under pressure). Stories live inside all of us, and they matter. From fantastical epics to realistic shorts to flash-fiction, we each have our own wonderful story to tell. We hope this carefully selected list of the best audiobooks on writing will help you access your inner writer and get your story on the page.

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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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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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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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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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Bit repetitive but good.

Book is a little repetitive but a solid listen for anyone who is a writer.

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Of Course This Book Enlightens

Pressfield is one of my favorite writers. As an aspiring writer, who better to learn from? Pressfield delivers.

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  • 02-26-21

Straight up good sh*t!

Great stories to show your points, great context and reasoning - honest and dare I say riveting as I put insulation in my friends attic. If an audible/audiobook can withstand itchy work like this, I thought it were the other review. It has already helped my writing and story work.
Gratefully, DK

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One of the best books on writing

Amazing read. Together with King’s On Writing definitely the best pieces of advice I’ve got about writing.

Btw. It took me a while to get that the short chapters are acutal chapters; not a chapter summary.

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Great resource for storytelling!

What’s at stake in your story?! Great book! Reading it again to absorb more to put in practice!

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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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.

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  • Miss S T Chapman
  • 04-08-21

Love this

This is such an important and useful book. Thanks a million Steven for writing it.

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  • Jonathan T
  • 02-05-21

Superb

Straight to the point, informative, insightful, uncompromising, brutal, undoubtedly very helpful. Steven narrating his own book works perfectly.

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  • MR D Shukla
  • 10-01-20

very impressive book

learnt more from reading this book than I have all of the others on novel writing

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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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  • D. McAdams
  • 11-08-20

Overall Brilliant!

Great creative advice. Have to re-listen over and over to get it to sink in.