Listen free for 30 days

Nobody Wants to Read Your Sh*t

And Other Tough-Love Truths to Make You a Better Writer
Narrated by: Steven Pressfield
Length: 3 hrs and 15 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (28 ratings)

£7.99/month after 30 days. Cancel anytime

Summary

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?"

©2016 Black Irish Books, LLC (P)2018 Black Irish Books, LLC

What members say

Average customer ratings

Overall

  • 4.5 out of 5 stars
  • 5 Stars
    20
  • 4 Stars
    7
  • 3 Stars
    1
  • 2 Stars
    0
  • 1 Stars
    0

Performance

  • 4.5 out of 5 stars
  • 5 Stars
    17
  • 4 Stars
    5
  • 3 Stars
    2
  • 2 Stars
    0
  • 1 Stars
    0

Story

  • 4.5 out of 5 stars
  • 5 Stars
    18
  • 4 Stars
    5
  • 3 Stars
    1
  • 2 Stars
    0
  • 1 Stars
    0

Reviews - Please select the tabs below to change the source of reviews.

Sort by:
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars
  • DM
  • 13-10-18

A lesson to all book authors

Although it follows a great deal of Pressfield's life, in essence, the title says it all!...

The lesson?

No-one wants to read your ****,

so make EVERYTHING about THEM,

YOUR READERS.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars

Sharp, succinct, shockingly useful.

I don’t know why I resisted reading this...perhaps I thought it would be this same regurgitated writing advice that chokes the interwebs. But after hearing it recommended by several of my marketing heroes, I bit el bulleto. So glad I did. This is a refreshing masterclass in writing with endless food for thought and practical steps. In love.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars

My go-to book when writing content

I’m a freelancer designer who knew nothing about writing, now that I have to write my own content this book proved a gem.

Not only does the title provide a very accurate reminder, but the book contains great advice and guidelines from top to bottom of how to write

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars

best book ever I have already listened two times

One of the Best book if not the best, I will be keep going back everytime I have to write something

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars

A must listen and then read

Full of insight, perspectives, experiences that transcends. A must for anyone at any stage of your journey.

Sort by:
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars
Profile Image for LETHAMAGA
  • LETHAMAGA
  • 24-11-18

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!!!

6 of 6 people found this review helpful

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars
Profile Image for Syd Young
  • Syd Young
  • 29-08-18

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.

5 of 5 people found this review helpful

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars
Profile Image for Bill
  • Bill
  • 13-09-18

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

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars
Profile Image for Pete
  • Pete
  • 21-11-19

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.

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars
Profile Image for NumSkull
  • NumSkull
  • 08-09-19

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

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars
Profile Image for Y. Yakar
  • Y. Yakar
  • 28-08-19

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.

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars
Profile Image for Michael J. Harrell
  • Michael J. Harrell
  • 23-06-19

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. .

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars
Profile Image for Splento Photographers On Demand
  • Splento Photographers On Demand
  • 23-06-19

Great book

A brilliant book that is worth reading and rereading over and over again. Highly recommend.

Roman
CEO, Splento

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars
Profile Image for Drew Ross
  • Drew Ross
  • 09-04-19

Excellent reminder of the foundational aspects of writing

If he had given a short pause between each chapter, I think it would have had a better pace. But all in all I learned a lot from this audiobook and believe it has already helped me deal with some major challenges in my writing. Definitely worth a listen for budding writers.

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars
Profile Image for James Fouche
  • James Fouche
  • 27-02-19

A must-read for any writer.

I wish I had read this book 20 years ago. It could make you a best-selling author if you apply the basic rules about story telling, which Steven Pressfield hammers into every chapter. Loved it!