The Secrets of Story is a revolutionary and comprehensive writing guide for the 21st century, focused on clever ways to get an audience to fully identify with an all-too-human hero. Authors will learn to how to cut through pop culture noise and win over a jaded modern audience by rediscovering the heart of writing: shaping stories that ring true to our shared understanding of human nature. Providing conversational advice that spans multiple disciplines - from fiction to film to creative nonfiction - Matt Bird's insightful techniques allow characters to come alive and stories to reach a new level of appeal.
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"The most important screenwriting book on Audible!"
I had no idea who this guy was until I bought this book. Now, I'm convinced he's one of the most knowledgeable people in the screenwriting biz. Much of the stuff he touches on, I learned at a certain west coast school's MFA program, but I ended up paying a helluva lot more for that education than I did for this book!! Also, it's nice to have everything all neat and clean in a tidy package like this.
Anyone writing a screenplay, no matter what level you're at, would be well-served in listening to this audiobook.
And that is all. Time to write.
"I want this guy to be my editor"
I hesitated to download this book since it had only 15 reviews which made me wary of artificial ratings. Much to my surprise I soon realized this book is an absolute treasure. I spend most of this past year (I am very serious about getting this right) consuming writer's resources hoping to find a few gems. I rank this book near the top along with McKee's "Story", Stein's "on writing", and Swain's "Techniques..". For the first time I am considering hiring an editor for my novel and if I do it will be Matt Bird. Thank you, Mr. Bird, for the effort you put into this work. It is an immense help to me.
- Charles Dunn 01/2017
"Must Read for Story"
An amazing book ever student and writer must read. The author does a great job articulating concepts not mentioned in other such story books and has up to date (2016) references.
"Best Book on Fiction I've Read So Far"
Sorry, this book is so complete and simple at the same time so thorough I would have to write all morning. You will be happy to have discovered it.
"Valuable resource with good insight"
In my desire to be a writer I have read many books on how to write, how to build characters etc etc.
This is actually the first book that Supplied enough information to make the time spent reading/listening to it worthwhile.
Mr. Bird gave great advice and broke down a lot of the details into smaller and more understandable chunks of information.
I was actually beginning to lose hope that I would find a book that is so useful.
I have already read this book twice and I intend to keep reading it until everything sinks in to my thick cranium.
I would definitely recommend this book and say that it's worth every penny.
"Best book on writing ever! A comprehensive effort"
This will be my number one recommended book to my writer friends to novices and old hacks.
"Probably better in print"
This is a pretty good book about screenwriting, and it's better-written than most. I also appreciate that the author has a sense of humor and isn't too full of himself.
However, since it's basically a "how to" book, it's more useful in print form. I gave up on the Audible version after 5 chapters.
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