The Authentic Swing: Notes From the Writing of a First Novel

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Black Irish Entertainment LLC, Sep 24, 2013 - Self-Help - 150 pages
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The Story Behind THE LEGEND OF BAGGER VANCE 
 
If you've read his books THE WAR OF ART and TURNING PRO, you know that for thirty years Steven Pressfield (GATES OF FIRE, THE AFGHAN CAMPAIGN etc.) wrote spec novel after spec novel before any publisher took him seriously. How did he finally break through? 
 
Ignoring just about every rule of commercial book publishing, Pressfield's "first" novel not only became a major bestseller (over 250,000 copies sold), it was adapted into a feature film directed by Robert Redford and starring Matt Damon, Will Smith, and Charlize Theron. 
 
Where did he get the idea? 
 
What magical something did THE LEGEND OF BAGGER VANCE have that his previous manuscripts lacked? 
 
Why did Pressfield decide to write a novel when he already had a well established screenwriting career? 
 
How does writing a publishable novel really work? 
 
Taking a page from John Steinbeck's classic JOURNAL OF A NOVEL, Steven Pressfield offers answers for these and scores of other practical writing questions in THE AUTHENTIC SWING.

 

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Ostensibly about how to write, The Authentic Swing is really about how to reach creative fulfillment in whatever you do. Like everything Pressfield writes, I love it. Still, if you've not read The War ... Read full review

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Steven Pressfield is the author of THE WAR OF ART, TURNING PRO, THE WARRIOR ETHOS, DO THE WORK, GATES OF FIRE, TIDES OF WAR, THE LEGEND OF BAGGER VANCE among others. He lives in Los Angeles.  In 2003, he was made an honorary citizen by the city of Sparta in Greece. 

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