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Steven Pressfield

Why That Is and What You Can Do About It

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Nobody Wants to Read Your Sh*t by Steven Pressfield is a writing guide that emphasizes the importance of storytelling in capturing readers' attention. It offers tools for creating compelling narratives and avoiding common pitfalls that turn readers off.

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    Nobody wants to read your shit, unless it’s exceptionally good.

    If you’ve just put the finishing touches on your novel or screenplay, after months or even years of hard work, you might be at the stage where you’re nervous and excited about how readers are going to react.

    Well, here’s your first piece of advice: don’t get too excited, because odds are nobody wants to read your writing.

    The author works in advertising, and even when he gets a commercial made, no one wants to see it. People hate commercials and avoid them however they can!

    We grow up thinking there is an audience for our work, since teachers and other students read our writing in school – but that’s only because they’re either being paid or forced to read it.

    The reality is, people have other things to do. Most parents are less than eager to read their kid’s newest blog post or Harry Potter fan fiction.

    A big reason for this is that most writing just isn’t very good. So, if you’re a young author looking for your big break, this doesn’t mean that all is lost – it just means that your writing needs to be exceptionally good.

    Now, you may think that “good” writing means clever phrasing or high-minded literature, but that’s not the case. The good writing that will give you the best chance of capturing and holding people’s attention will be clear and easy to understand.

    You don’t want to bore people, so make sure your work is either suspenseful and scary, beautiful and tragic or just plain fun; in other words, don’t spend a hundred pages describing the existential crisis a character experiences over his breakfast. You want to create writing that people won’t be able to put down.

    What most people find difficult is learning to write for someone other than themselves. So, instead of focusing on what you find fascinating, spend time thinking about the interests of your potential readers.

    While you might find the migration patterns of turtle doves fascinating, if you want to develop a readership, you need to find a way of injecting romance, adventure or tragedy into that subject.

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    What is Nobody Wants to Read Your Sh*t about?

    Nobody Wants to Read Your Sh*t (2016) is a guide to the ins and out of writing, whether it’s a book, a screenplay or advertising material. Making a living writing isn’t an easy thing to do, especially since the last thing a busy person wants to do is read some poorly written manuscript. But with these helpful tools and the insight of a 30-year veteran of the industry, you can be on your way to writing the kind of captivating work that people love to read.

    Nobody Wants to Read Your Sh*t Review

    Nobody Wants to Read Your Sh*t (2016) by Steven Pressfield dives deep into the world of writing and offers valuable insights that will resonate with aspiring writers and professionals alike. Here's why this book is worth your time:

    • With its practical strategies and advice, the book provides actionable steps to help writers overcome obstacles and improve their craft.
    • By incorporating real-life examples and personal anecdotes, Pressfield keeps readers engaged and inspired throughout the book.
    • The book's no-nonsense approach and refreshing honesty make it a compelling read that is anything but boring.

    Best quote from Nobody Wants to Read Your Sh*t

    When you understand that nobody wants to read your shit, you develop empathy.

    —Steven Pressfield
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    Who should read Nobody Wants to Read Your Sh*t?

    • Writers of all kinds seeking advice
    • Advertisers in need of inspiration
    • Screenwriters who don’t know which story to tell

    About the Author

    Steven Pressfield is a best-selling writer who has worked in advertising, screenwriting and as an author of both fiction and nonfiction. His books include The Legend of Bagger Vance, which he also turned into a screenplay for the movie of the same title starring Will Smith and Matt Damon. His experiences and advice on writing can be found on his popular blog,

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    Nobody Wants to Read Your Sh*t emphasizes the importance of understanding the needs and desires of your audience in order to create compelling and engaging content.

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    Nobody Wants to Read Your Sh*t is a must-read for aspiring writers and creators. It offers valuable insights and practical advice on how to captivate your audience.

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    Nobody Wants to Read Your Sh*t is written by author Steven Pressfield.

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