Nobody Wants to Read Your Sh*t: Why That Is And What You Can Do About It
There's a mantra that real writers know but wannabe writers don’t. And the secret phrase is this:
NOBODY WANTS TO READ YOUR SH*T.
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...more
"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 ...more
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 ...more
Thankfully, I did not buy this sad little ebook, I downloaded it for free from the author's website ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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.
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. ...more
Are you a writer? Read this, even if it's just to feel connected with someone going through the same struggles you are. ...more
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 ...more