The Art of Nonfiction: A Guide for Writers and Readers

By Ayn Rand
Introduction by Peter Schwartz
Read by Marguerite Gavin

6.87 Hours 01/01/2004 unabridged
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In 1969, the world-renowned author Ayn Rand gave a series of informal lectures on the art of nonfiction to a select group of friends and associates. These edited transcripts take the listener step by step through the writing process, providing insightful observations and invaluable techniques along the way. Rand discusses the psychological aspects of writing and the different roles played by the conscious and subconscious mind. She explains how to select a subject and theme, how to identify your audience, and how to write the first draft. From preparing an outline to mastering an individual writing style, this crucial resource introduces the ideas of one of our most enduring authors to a new generation. Aspiring—and established—writers of nonfiction will find this guide to creating effective nonfiction invaluable.

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Summary

In 1969, the world-renowned author Ayn Rand gave a series of informal lectures on the art of nonfiction to a select group of friends and associates. These edited transcripts take the listener step by step through the writing process, providing insightful observations and invaluable techniques along the way.

Rand discusses the psychological aspects of writing and the different roles played by the conscious and subconscious mind. She explains how to select a subject and theme, how to identify your audience, and how to write the first draft. From preparing an outline to mastering an individual writing style, this crucial resource introduces the ideas of one of our most enduring authors to a new generation.

Aspiring—and established—writers of nonfiction will find this guide to creating effective nonfiction invaluable.

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

“Writing is no more difficult a skill than any other, such as engineering. Like every human activity, it requires practice and knowledge. But there is nothing mystical about it. Any person who can speak English grammatically can learn to write nonfiction.” Ayn Rand
“Ayn Rand is a writer of great power. She has a subtle and ingenious mind and the capacity of writing brilliantly, beautifully, bitterly.” New York Times Book Review
“This book is a frank demystification of the writing process.” Amazon.com, editorial review
“Rand talks knowledgeably and energetically about clarity, selectivity, style, organization, editing, the ‘squirms’ (when writing just won’t flow) and how to beat them: remind yourself that you’re writing for your own pleasure.” Booklist

Reviews

Reviews

by Gary1 9/13/2017
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Very useful.

As an author of non-fiction, I found this very useful. However, this is not to say that Ms. Rand is an expert in general on writing non-fiction, b/c she had no experience writing from scientific evidence. Issue like statistical tables, validation of questionnaire items & scales, photos of archeological finds, etc are for others to discuss. In her day, there was no writing for e-book publishing, which has complications for most types of non-fiction. So I'm looking for other audio books on non-fiction also.
I rated this sub-max but close to max on "story" -- there is no story, but it seems unfair to penalize the author for not covering every skill in non-fiction writing, and "story" is the closest this rating system comes to comprehensiveness & understandability of content.

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Author Bio: Ayn Rand

Ayn Rand (1905–1982) was born in Russia, graduated from the University of Leningrad, and came to the United States in 1926. She published her first novel in 1936. With the publication of The Fountainhead in 1943, she achieved a spectacular and enduring success, and her unique philosophy, Objectivism, gained a worldwide following.

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Available Formats : Digital Download, Digital Rental, CD, MP3 CD
Category: Nonfiction
Runtime: 6.87
Audience: Adult
Language: English