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In 1958, and again in 1969, Ayn Rand gathered a small group of her friends and acquaintances and gave an informal course on writing. At once a fascinating philosophical discourse on the art of creation and an invaluable guide for the aspiring writer, these edited transcripts are a treasure that will challenge, edify, and illuminate the way to more powerful writing. Rand takes listeners step by step through the writing process, providing insightful observations and invaluable techniques along the way. She discusses the psychological aspects of writing and the roles played by the conscious and subconscious mind. She talks about articles and books, explaining how to select a subject and theme, how to identify your audience, and how to write the first draft.
©2001 Estate of Ayn Rand; (P)2003 Blackstone Audiobooks
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"Ayn Rand is a writer of great power. She has a subtle and ingenious mind and the capacity of writing brilliantly, beautifully, bitterly." (The New York Times Book Review)
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By Ms on 01-26-09

Great Content, but the narrator is annoying

I really like this book for what it has to say, but I wish they had gotten another narrator. The narrator takes the authors words and makes them sound arrogant and scolding, when I can't imagine that that tone of voice is what the author had in mind when she wrote those words. I'm learning a lot from this book, but it's taking a lot of work to get past the narrator's annoying tone and just listen to what the original intent of the author is. I really wish they'd re record this book with another narrator that doesn't sound so snotty.

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By Jonathon on 01-14-10

Narrator or Author?

I like the content, but the ego of either the writer or the narrator is exhausting--I can't decide whether to blame the author or the narrator. Her over use of certain words is distracting and annoying. One could gain a fair amount knowledge if he looks past the wagging finger of the self-proclaimed genius.

Comparably, Strunk is a house cat.

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4 of 4 people found this review helpful

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By Kyle Smith on 04-03-17

One of the most useful books on writing I've read.

The narrator is a perfect reader for Ayn Rand's style.

Rand provides both theoretical and practical riches on every page.

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