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

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


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 indispen

Kindle Edition, 191 pages
Published June 11th 2016 by Black Irish Entertainment LLC (first published 2016)
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Heidi The Reader
Steven Pressfield shares the applicable lessons he's learned from a lifetime of different writing jobs. The most important one is the title of this non-fiction, self help book.

"Sometimes young writers acquire the idea from their years in school that the world is waiting to read what they've written. They get this idea because their teachers had to read their essays or term papers or dissertations. In the real world, no one is waiting to read what you've written. pg 16, ebook

Along the way, Pressf
Macy_Novels at Night
Feb 11, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Absolutely loved this, especially the last few chapters. No nonsense, and tells you how it is! Some words that he said I will never forget, and if you want to hear them you better read book! If you want some quick tips and good pointers on writing, this book is worth your time.
Sleepless Dreamer
Jun 28, 2016 rated it really liked it
3.5 but okay.

Here's the thing- I come from visual art, playwriting, and fiction. I know nothing about advertising, self help, and nonfiction. So those chapters were interesting and enlightening.

My bone to pick with this guy is about his attitude to structure and heroes. The way I see it, our world is overflowing with art. No one wants to read your shit. So what do you do? You make it different. You break out of the structures, you bring something new to the table that no one has ever seen in t
Alex Linschoten
Jun 16, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2016challenge
When I first read The War of Art: Break Through the Blocks & Win Your Inner Creative Battles, I felt like he was explaining something to me ("the resistance") that genuinely changed how I thought about my own work. It's rare that a book does that at such a fundamental level. Since then, Steven Pressfield has written various books but none has really struck me in the same way. This latest work (available for free digital download on his website) comes a little closer to that original benchmark. P ...more
Jul 11, 2016 rated it it was ok
First of all, who decided this is a book? It might qualify for a sketchbook, that's how empty most of the pages are. The author talks about writing this piece as a fiction novel. Too bad that there's almost nothing in there. You could read it word-for-word and still finish it in two hours. The author could have written the same exact information in two blog posts and we would have been better off.

Thankfully, I did not buy this sad little ebook, I downloaded it for free from the author's website
Dec 15, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I’ve made a hobby, over the years, of devouring how-to books about writing and storytelling. I’ve become a bit of a connoisseur of these kinds of books. This one’s pretty good.

This is a short book that hums along, divided into 119 rapid-fire chapters. One of them, if I remember correctly, was only one sentence long. One odd thing though, chapter 119 feels tacked on. Chapter 118 sure seemed like the end of the book and then along comes one short final chapter that described what the author learne
Apr 10, 2019 rated it really liked it
As someone who has "won" NaNoWriMo twice, written a master's thesis, is in the middle of writing a dissertation, and is on hiatus as a blogger this book was nothing short of great. I loved that it began with the harsh reality that nobody wants to read what I have to say, and therefore I need to turn it into something amazing. I think it applies to all types of writing, as mentioned in the book, and I would recommend it to anybody that has to or wants to publish something. My only regret is that ...more
Karl Morgan
Sep 21, 2016 rated it it was amazing
If you are an author or aspiring one, you have to read this book. Pressfield gives invaluable tips about writing stories people want to read. He speaks of the "hero's journey" as a common theme in many, many successful books and movies. When I read that, I was happily surprised to find that same theme was already in many of my works.

Most of all, Pressfield's tome will make you feel great about your desire to write. He mentioned that writers are different from most folks, because we go around all
Jul 01, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Opened my eyes to the art of writing. Excellent.
Dustan Woodhouse
Jan 08, 2018 rated it it was amazing
If you planning to write your own book then this is a book to spend some time with before, during and after.

It’ll help you set and stay the course. And likely wind up a dog eared companion that you lug around in your bag from writing spot to coffee shop.

Also, you’ll really want to catch the movie about Grandma Julia, except you’ll be so inspired by this book that you’ll be too busy working on your own sh*t to find out whether or not that sh*t actually got wr*t.

Bravo Mr. Pressfield

Nov 10, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: writing, nonfiction
[softcover, purchased]

Okay, last summer I took a course on creative writing at the local community college. Workshopping pieces with 20-somethings is an experience: bad grammar, misspelling, lots of time travel and dream-weaving, free verse about rooftop sex and haikus about smoking dope. Good times. The instructor was admirable: a poet, but still worthy to provide the nuts and bolts.

“Whether I shall turn out to be the hero of my own life, or whether that station will be held by anybody else, t
David Rhoades
Jan 26, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Pressfield's self-help voice is the supportive, working-writer father you've always wanted. His style is candid, to-the-point, and accepts no excuses (while remaining compassionate).

In short, he's a writer whose had the same excuses and failures as the rest of us, and makes no pretensions otherwise.

It’s a quick read, has a lot of great little gems in it, and ultimately accomplishes it’s goal—get you fired up about writing without any illusions about how hard it can be.

Big recommend! This and
Fernando Suarezserna
Jun 28, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Great book for writers! At first I loved the micro-chapters format, although I felt the author's message became a bit messy by the end of the book. I believe the author tries to tackle too much (some chapters are about mindset and discipline, and others are tactical tips on how to structure a story, build relatable characters and the like... Both kinds of chapters are great, but they do feel a bit unorganized). I would've loved an actionable blueprint at the end of the book, a kind of recap of t ...more
May 05, 2020 rated it liked it
Again, a mediocre book, that uses its title to catch you.

Lots of fluff, little substance, yet well written, just super basic.
J.S. Frankel
Aug 05, 2016 rated it liked it
Anytime someone starts off with a title of "Nobody wants to read your sh*t", immediately, my thought is "Well, why should I read YOUR sh*t?"

However, I shall avoid giving such a response as that would be a lie. This is a very nice primer on how to write, penned in an easygoing, laid-back style. I usually don't read how-to books, as I feel in some cases it's best to express yourself naturally as opposed to being forced to, but Pressfield makes his points without being pushy, without judging or con
Jun 19, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: writing, non-fiction
A fast read, and the section on writing non-fiction is pretty good (basically, Pressfield's advice is to write non-fiction like it's fiction, with the hook, build-up, payoff, etc.), but overall, it felt like a rehash of other, better books. There's a bit about the Hero's Journey, some Save the Cat thrown in, and a lot of focus on the idea of "concept." I'm probably not the ideal audience for this book because I've read all the screenwriting books out there, and studied screenwriting as an underg ...more
Jenn Klee
May 17, 2019 rated it really liked it
The title grabbed me and I had to read it. Steven Pressfield's subversive take on writing intrigued me and it makes a lot of sense. The advice is packaged into very short chapters and snippets making this a fast easy read and an easy book to take notes on. Moreover just reading the chapter headings serves as an excellent review/memory jogger. He uses the same principles to talk about advertising, movies, novels, non-fiction, and essays/academic work. The repetition meant it was easier to interna ...more
Daniel Willcocks
Jun 21, 2016 rated it really liked it
Received a free copy of this from Steven's mailing list, and after the hype that I have heard from the Art of War, felt I had to read.

A great motivation read giving the insight into a long and successful career from Steven Pressfield. Loads of messages in here to take away for any budding creative. Although the whole thing is quite brief, there's something unique and stylish in the compact chapters.

Would loved to have given 5 stars for this, but was littered with typos. Maybe a clean up and that
Jun 28, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I have a feeling that if I read this book along with Big Magic by Elizabeth Gilbert, my mind will explode. I'd probably be rolling on the floor, screaming to the top of my lungs and chanting "truth!" the whole time.

What an eye-opening book! It touched on all the realms of writing that I love - advertising, screenwriting, fiction, non-fiction, and self-help. WONDERFUL! *claps* *claps some more*

I am going to recommend this book to all my creative friends - and even the not so creative ones. Surel
Dec 17, 2019 rated it really liked it
“Sometimes young writers acquire the idea from their years in school that the world is waiting to read what they’ve written. They get this idea because their teachers had to read their essays or term papers or dissertations. In the real world, no one is waiting to read what you’ve written.”

How to write shit people want to read (knowing people don’t want to read your shit). Bit heavy on fiction but overall a complete and helpful book for anyone who writes (everyone). Pressfield is a master story
T.A. Uner
Jun 26, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Continuing his self-help trilogy to artists, Pressfield has upped the stakes. First we had, War of Art, then it was Turning Pro, and now he's come full circle with Nobody Wants to Read your Shit.

I must say this is another must-read for anyone who considers themselves an artist, or who aspires to become one. It's a school of creative hard knocks for those wanna-be artists, told by a man who has done hard time in artistic hell, and yet lived to tell the tale.

Alexia Purdy
Jul 16, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: writing-stuff
This was more of a motivational book to kick your butt into gear about writing and ways to get your book out there. It's not meant to be a how to, but more of a guide to get the most out of your writing. I thoroughly enjoyed the tough as nails, in your face inspiration. If you need to figure out things about why your writing isn't doing well or how to kick things up a notch, this is an awesome book to get going. ...more
Scott Wozniak
Oct 29, 2016 rated it it was amazing
It's rough and vulgar, but it's very, very useful for any artist--doubly so for writers and triply so for writers of movies or novels. So if you won't be distracted by his sailor-speak then this book is a must read. To be clear, I've read tons on writing and story, I've published two books and thousands of short stories and articles and blog posts--and this book took me to another level as a writer. ...more
Jun 16, 2016 rated it it was amazing
An *excellent* thought provoking action driving read, essential for anyone looking to write, teach, motivate, inspire or move- mainly themselves...

This book is about creating, storytelling and doing it the best way possible. Be it in the classroom, pitching your startup, writing a novel or inspiring your kid- this one's for you.

Highly recommended.
Jul 07, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Found this book through Seth. For free. But it's worth paying for, I'll probably order it tomorrow in print form. That's how good it is if you have any aspirations as a writer and enjoyed the war of art. I did and enjoyed this one just as much.

Are you a writer? Read this, even if it's just to feel connected with someone going through the same struggles you are.
Aubree Deimler
Jul 29, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: writing
I'm a big fan of Steven Pressfield. The War of Art is one of my favorites. This book is written similarly, in small snippets. He breaks down the essentials in story telling and in creating something people will actually want to read all within his quirky voice and simple details. I appreciated this one as I get ready to dive into a second draft. ...more
Ian Rose
Jun 25, 2016 rated it liked it
Some interesting insights, but I was disappointed in how brief and basic it was. A lot of the points in here, while valid, could stand some fleshing out and expanding. I do appreciate the core statement of the book. I just wanted more than that from it.
Anne Janzer
Jul 02, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: writing
Like many writers, I found Pressfield's The War of Art to be inspirational and powerful. This book compiles Pressfield's lessons on story telling, and I imagine it will earn a similar place on the writer's bookshelf. ...more
Sydney Young
Aug 28, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: writing
I liked this more than the War of Art. Has some real gems in it about writing a story that people want to read, as well as a great little sex scene etc device at the end of the book. I listened to it twice. Great follow up to the end of the great #pitchwars submissions summer.
Lori McClure
Jun 14, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I like reading what Steven Pressfield writes. It's as simple as that. He makes me smile, and he makes me think. Thank you, Mr. Pressfield. ...more
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I was born in Port of Spain, Trinidad, in 1943 to a Navy father and mother.

I graduated from Duke University in 1965.

In January of 1966, when I was on the bus leaving Parris Island as a freshly-minted Marine, I looked back and thought there was at least one good thing about this departure. "No matter what happens to me for the rest of my life, no one can ever send me back to this freakin' place a

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