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The overall advice seems sound. Not that different from other books of it’s kind. It’s a useful book to think about storytelling as a creator. The “psychology” part of it is a bit of gimmick, in my opinion. There are tidbits, but probably nothing you don’t already know if you are a storyteller. They are tiny tidbits, however, that begin each chapter. Just enough to think, “oh right, this book is supposed to be about how the brain is wired for story” (a phrase also used over and over to remind us).
I didn’t love the performance of the reading. It was dis tracting slow for me. I played it at 1.25x or 1.5x speed just to make it a normal pace for me (and I’m from the south! Hehe)
It’s useful info, though. Seems on par, I would say.
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The narrator is intolerable at normal speed, but fine if you speed her up to 1.25.
Some great advice in here. Then there's some that I mostly agree with but is over-stated. (One hopes for effect.) For example: "Who's right? The writer or the reader? The reader, every time."
Try writing this way for ten readers; try doing it for a hundred. Try writing this way for a hundred thousand readers. You'll write nothing at all. Stupid absolutist advice. The writer is the architect of the story. The reader is the builder of it. Confusing blueprints are horrible, yes. But there are also bad builders out there who could butcher the plans for a lean-to.
That said, I found this book worth my time.
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