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Nobody Wants to Read Your Sh*t

And Other Tough-Love Truths to Make You a Better Writer
Written by: Steven Pressfield
Narrated by: Steven Pressfield
Length: 3 hrs and 15 mins
Categories: Self-Help, How-to
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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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Listen first and read second, or reverse. Your choice. But do one or the other!

I am an auditory learner, and I love to read. I listened to Pressfield’s self narrated book and loved it. Now I will read it because I want to memorize some of his points and put them to work in my own life. He embodies the concept of telling the truth and that is a such a compelling story!

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  • LETHAMAGA
  • 2018-11-24

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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  • Syd Young
  • 2018-08-29

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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  • Bill
  • 2018-09-13

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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  • Neil Wilkinson
  • 2019-08-18

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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  • John Callahan
  • 2020-03-21

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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  • Sarah
  • 2020-01-22

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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  • Pete
  • 2019-11-21

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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  • NumSkull
  • 2019-09-08

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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  • Y. Yakar
  • 2019-08-28

Outstanding

SP doesn't dissapoint. I learned so much in a concise way. The principles may be applied to making conversation and selling just as much as writing. Superb.

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  • Michael J. Harrell
  • 2019-06-23

Useful lessons on each page

I love what Pressfield writes because he says what I know but cannot get out. The sentence ring true and I know the ideas but I never put them together. Brilliant and clear filling the reader with insights. The book rounds up the important items and allows the facts to operate like a check list good for various stages of a written project
For example if he had written about a car. He did not but if he did the book has insights that fall into a category like what follows for example.
Yes, I own the convertible. Yes I know to put the roof up in the rain. Yes I see the on coming traffic. Oh, yes I should pull over and put the roof up when on coming traffic has the wipers running.
The short book rounds up the facts and just states them. .