The Golden Theme: How to Make Your Writing Appeal to the

The Golden Theme: How to Make Your Writing Appeal to the I enjoyed this There were several good reminders, though I think it s geared for writers who haven t obtained formal education and those who plan to self publish That is not meant to belittle either group of folks to each their own it s just not the path I happen to be on I m glad I read it, but it s probably not one I ll return to for advice later on. Brian McDonald s book The Golden Theme claims to be a lesson on how to make your writingaccessible to people everywhere But it is muchthan that It is a wonderful collection of stories and powerful anecdotes on how to live aconnected and fulfilling life.Referencing insights from Rod Serling to the Epic of Gilgamesh, McDonald directs you straight to the heart of what makes art resonate with people across cultures and centuries of time Why does the eons old tale of The Boy W Brian McDonald s book The Golden Theme claims to be a lesson on how to make your writingaccessible to people everywhere But it is muchthan that It is a wonderful collection of stories and powerful anecdotes on how to live aconnected and fulfilling life.Referencing insights from Rod Serling to the Epic of Gilgamesh, McDonald directs you straight to the heart of what makes art resonate with people across cultures and centuries of time Why does the eons old tale of The Boy Who Cried Wolf still make sense to us in our techno centric society How is it possible that we continue to teach our children the lessons taught in the story of the Tortoise and the Hare Because they are both derived out of the truth spoken in what McDonald has wisely named The Golden Theme This book is nothing short of miraculous It shines a bright spotlight on insights that are so seemingly obvious that we forget how important they are not only in our ability to create, but also in our ability to be human beings I am very grateful to have been able to read this book I know that I will be keeping it close at hand in m office so that I can open it often for inspiration and confirmation I simply cannot recommend it enough Points to Brian McDonald for clarity this book has a very simple thesis, and sticks to it The central idea is that great stories tell us that we are all the same Each chapter in this short book supports that point and explores a different aspect of it We learn why stories are so important to culture, how they communicate survival information, why they need conflict to be relevant, how heroes understand that we are all the same, how villains misunderstand that truth, why fiction can be a gre Points to Brian McDonald for clarity this book has a very simple thesis, and sticks to it The central idea is that great stories tell us that we are all the same Each chapter in this short book supports that point and explores a different aspect of it We learn why stories are so important to culture, how they communicate survival information, why they need conflict to be relevant, how heroes understand that we are all the same, how villains misunderstand that truth, why fiction can be a great medium for allowing us to view ourselvesobjectively, and why the story shouldn t be about you.It s a simple book, and could have easily been half the length This is not a course on screenwriting or the three act structure, but rather a helpful over arching theme to keep in mind as you craft a story I ll definitely be thinking of that theme in the future, so in that sense the book is a success.I ll dock him a point for fairly banal, straightforward prose, and for presenting some examples that really don t fit if one knows much about the subject matter especially when he wanders into the world of religion, which he does often Still, it s a quick read, and a good reminder for anyone who s in the business of storytelling The loveliest book on writing I ve ever read This has surpassed Bird By Bird by Anne Lamott as my favorite book on writing Simple, lovely and to the point This is where story comes from Brian McDonald hits it home, and it is not surprising that Pixar gets him to teach story.There are passages in this book that I read to friends, as the author reminds us why stories are important, and what they need to tell us to resonate.A quick and delightful read, for aspiring writers, and people who appre The loveliest book on writing I ve ever read This has surpassed Bird By Bird by Anne Lamott as my favorite book on writing Simple, lovely and to the point This is where story comes from Brian McDonald hits it home, and it is not surprising that Pixar gets him to teach story.There are passages in this book that I read to friends, as the author reminds us why stories are important, and what they need to tell us to resonate.A quick and delightful read, for aspiring writers, and people who appreciate the craft of writing Read the author s book, invisible ink, then read this book Both are excellently crafted and simply explain story telling The Golden Theme discusses the reason that we tell stories we need them to survive One thing that really sticks out to me is his discussion of why poorly written stories are dangerous A quick, great read for anyone looking to get to know story telling better. Dumb luck that I was chosen as a Firstreads give a way winner for this book.I am not the target audience for this book I believe in throwing a bajillion specifics out there and hope that one or two make a connection This book was about how to get the most people to like your writing It read like a Philosophy 105 book from freshman year of college I donated this book to a school library with the hope that it ends up in the hands of somebody that will enjoy this and get something out of it. Really liked this Invisible Ink is stronger in my opinion, but this one poses the question What is at the base of every story then tries to answer it, and Brian does a great job with the debate. Unfathomable DepthThis is such a pleasure, and an eye opening experience, to read IMHO this should be part of the storytelling canon Story by Robert McKee, The Anatomy of Story by John Trudy, Moral Premise by Stanley D Williams, PhD, Anatomy of a Premise Line by Jeff Lyons, Writing for Emotional Impact by Karl Iglesias, The Golden Theme by Brian McDonald, Hero with a Thousand Faces by Joseph Campbell, Narratology by Mieke Bal, The Authentic Swing by Steven Pressfield, etc I strongly belie Unfathomable DepthThis is such a pleasure, and an eye opening experience, to read IMHO this should be part of the storytelling canon Story by Robert McKee, The Anatomy of Story by John Trudy, Moral Premise by Stanley D Williams, PhD, Anatomy of a Premise Line by Jeff Lyons, Writing for Emotional Impact by Karl Iglesias, The Golden Theme by Brian McDonald, Hero with a Thousand Faces by Joseph Campbell, Narratology by Mieke Bal, The Authentic Swing by Steven Pressfield, etc I strongly believe that this wonderful, and quite frankly vital, a that should be read regardless if you re a Storyteller or not This is without question a gem in my catalog library Very simple but I think I will getfrom multiple readings.McDonald explains how storytelling is no less than a life saving skill along with other basics about the power of story.What gives a story the potency to last for thousands of years Important powerful lessons are contained in them, that s why McDonald shows you how that works. At the heart of every great work is an essential commonality, which author and teacher Brian McDonald explores in The Golden Theme McDonald s previous book, Invisible Ink, has been acclaimed by award winning authors and screenwriters In The Golden Theme he turns to the question of what makes writing and storytelling essential to us Readers and writers will benefit from his deep insight Brian McDonald is one of the world s wisest teachers of the elements that create great storytellingIf you a writer in any genre, read The Golden Theme If you are a non writing reader who just loves stories, read it If you are a teacher, share it with your students And give it to friends, who will thank you for the clarity Brian McDonald so generously brings to our lives from the Foreword by National Book Award winner Charles Johnson

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