If you ever wrote a book, read a good story or saw a great movie you will know that what Steven Pressfield wrote in his new book Nobody Wants to Read Your Sh*t is true. If you are writing a book, a movie script, an ad, a thesis or even a sales pitch then this book can help you.
Title of the book may sound discouraging but it was not meant to be. It only states the simple truth that there is no one out there just eagerly waiting to read your piece of writing. If you want people to read your writing, be it a book, an article, an ad or anything else, it has to be brilliant. Your writing needs to have a clear message and be funny, controversial, clever, interesting or catchy. It has to awake an emotion in a reader.
What is the book about?
Steven Pressfield started as an advertising copywriter then transitioned to book writing. Later he went to Hollywood to work on movie scripts only to come back to book writing at the end. In his career he learned a lot about writing. He found out that the best authors were applying the same storytelling principles, book structuring and the key components of a compelling story for centuries. He realized that these principles can be applied in other forms of writing not just fiction books or movie scripts.
Whether you are writing an article, a thesis or a scientific paper you need to get readers interested in what you are saying. Your writing has to be about something. It has to have a concept. It has to be well structured. It has to be said in proper voice, from the right perspective. There have to be the key moments at the right times. Steven Pressfield explains and shows how he applied these principles in his work.
What I liked the most
Steven Pressfield explains everything in understandable and simple language, he shows how every principle of storytelling is applied in work of others as well as his own. It’s very easy to see how you can apply them in your own writing. No matter what kind of writing you are working on.
As you read about the principles, the strategies and the structure you start to spot them in the book. After you finish the book and understand those principles, you will easily spot the key element of good storytelling in work of others. You will be able to find them in great books, movies, blogs, newspaper articles or commercials.
Best thing is that you can write all the rules down and use them as a blueprint of a great story. You can follow them one by one and make sure you use them in every piece of writing you do.
My favorite quotes
“Kid, it ain’t stealing if you put a spin on it.” (p. 29)
“Creative work can be hell, but it can be heaven too.” (p. 113)
“…self-help can be treated as story and be conceived and structured in accord with storytelling principles.” (p. 175)
“As powerful as is the negative, destructive force we name Resistance, so mighty is the positive, creative force we call the Muse.” (p. 181)
Who is Steven Pressfield
Steven Pressfield is an American author. He also worked as an advertising copywriter and Hollywood screenwriter. He wrote many fiction but also non-fiction books. He was writing all of his life and over the years he learned lots of lessons. In his latest book Nobody Wants to Read Your Shi*t Steven Pressfield explains the key principles, rules and strategies and how they can be applied in different forms of writing.
You can find more information about his work on his website.