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  • Title: The Golden Theme: How to Make Your Writing Appeal to the Highest Common Denominator
  • Author: BrianMcDonald
  • ISBN: 9781620153376
  • Page: 308
  • Format: Hardcover

☆ The Golden Theme: How to Make Your Writing Appeal to the Highest Common Denominator ↠ BrianMcDonald, The Golden Theme: How to Make Your Writing Appeal to the Highest Common Denominator, BrianMcDonald, The Golden Theme How to Make Your Writing Appeal to the Highest Common Denominator 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 storytellin

The Golden Theme: How to Make Your Writing Appeal to the Highest Common Denominator

☆ The Golden Theme: How to Make Your Writing Appeal to the Highest Common Denominator ↠ BrianMcDonald ☆ The Golden Theme: How to Make Your Writing Appeal to the Highest Common Denominator ↠ BrianMcDonald - The Golden Theme: How to Make Your Writing Appeal to the Highest Common Denominator, The Golden Theme How to Make Your Writing Appeal to the Highest Common Denominator 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 The Golden Theme: How to Make Your Writing Appeal to the Highest Common Denominator

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The Golden Theme: How to Make Your Writing Appeal to the Highest Common Denominator



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  1. The best book I ve read on story theme A beautiful analogy of the Golden Ratio as applied to storytelling, and a profound message that has the power to heal all of humanity Yes, this little book contains the secret to that Profound, and so elegantly simple, it just might change your life.


  2. 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 appreciat [...]


  3. Brian McDonald s book The Golden Theme claims to be a lesson on how to make your writing accessible to people everywhere But it is much than that It is a wonderful collection of stories and powerful anecdotes on how to live a connected 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 stil [...]


  4. 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 me [...]


  5. 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.


  6. 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.


  7. 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.


  8. I received a free review copy of The Golden Theme as a First Reads giveaway and found it to be a very quick and interesting read Brian McDonald shows depth to his research and analysis in formulating the notion of The Golden Theme , what he perceives as a universal thread in all storytelling The concept, while not revolutionary, is thought provoking and potentially useful, and therefore worth keeping in mind for any storytellers out there which I think we all are in a way, whether as writers or [...]


  9. I have spent many years teaching creative writing, so I am always interested in new craft books Based on Brian McDonald s opening pages, I did not expect The Golden Theme to tell me anything new I was pleasantly surprised I learned quite a bit about Brian s perspective on story, and while I can t say I m a complete convert, I can say that I ll add a few of his tools to my toolbox and would consider using his book for introductory and intermediate classes, and will pass along the recommendation t [...]


  10. Great inspiration for writersShort chapters illustrate the golden theme The author uses vivid stories and examples of the one guiding fact we are all the same.


  11. This book resonated deep within me on a lot of levels, but most of all as a reader and a parent Although I often told my daughters stories, I never really thought of it as deeply as I did with this book gently guiding me Only time will tell if it has changed the way I look at fiction, but I suspect his points will quietly return to my thoughts again and again Thank you, Libertary, for making it possible for me to read Mr McDonald s book I will be seeking out of his books, I liked it that much N [...]


  12. There are no tips or tricks in this quick read, but author Brian McDonald does offer some interesting food for thought on what makes a powerful story Mostly it is about his perspective a la the Golden Mean hence the title that the one thing to remember in storytelling is that we are all the same.I didn t find anything mind blowing in these pages, but still it was well worth the read just for interesting nuggets like the below As a storyteller, you are a servant of your story, not the master You [...]


  13. A very small but very potent work Sometimes seems a little repetitive, but in the end I think comes up with a brilliant point The Golden Theme we are all the same I will need some time to process what I ve stumbled on in this book, at this moment all I can say is that simple, brilliant thought is genuinely a contribution to my way of thinking, something so clear and in many ways so obvious that I might never have run across it, but once it s pointed out is abundantly clear as of central importan [...]


  14. This book comes at you like a one point sermon It has one message And the way the author expounds is like drawing a daisy start at the center Go out to form the petal, then come back to the center Go out to form another petal, come back to center Thankfully he didn t elaborate than necessary He gets the point across with stories It could be summed up in an article, but the stories and his experience give credence to what he writes Because it s one point, it s memorable and useful.


  15. I m not sure if the Golden Theme this book discusses is as universal as it s presented There are many many different ways of telling stories across all the different cultures and countries of the world, and not all of them are conflict focused However this book does a relatively good job of addressing the underlying themes of a lot of storytelling, including basically all modern Western storytelling I could have done with it being longer, and containing useful advice on how to use the Golden Th [...]


  16. 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.


  17. A Goodread First Reads Book for me This book is not at all what I expected From the title I was expecting a style manual like Strunk and White.I d like to get back into writing anything that is worthwhile to read.Rather this book is about living life and the human story telling.And the title is named after The Golden Rectangle, what mathematician could not love that.This book is filled with wonderful quotes on being human and how we are all the same.


  18. As an aspiring writer, I am always interested in books that offer good ideas on improving the craft of writing The Golden Theme offered several thought provoking ideas which I will indeed keep in mind as I continue to work on my novel Books of this genre can only help a writer better their storytelling I love to read these kinds of books, to hear an accomplished authors take on the art of creating a story that others truly want to read.


  19. From a colleague, March 2014 Just attended a talk at the GEO conference on Master Narratives The Stories that Move Americans , where Andy Goodman argued that if you re in the changing the world business, then you re in the changing stories business , and that if you re telling stories to change minds, then you have to know what stories are already in those minds He also suggested 4 great books that describe the narratives that dominate the American psyche This is book 4 of 4.


  20. This was a quick read and yet packed with nuggets of wisdom I was highlighting constantly and found many ideas that are relevant to me even though I m not much of an author The theme that we are all the same seemed trite at first but his case is strong for the value in recognizing this universal truth I highly recommend.


  21. Was Skeptical at firstThis book is quick but don t misjudge it The first few chapters I felt were elementary but soon learned that simplicity doesn t mean childish Some great insight on storytelling, specifically on how to create diabolical villains.


  22. A quick read, but very deep This book is about so much than writing The truth it speaks is not new by any means, nor does it pretend so, but it is a truth that bears repeating as long as humans continue to forget it I received this book from First Reads Thanks.


  23. Amazing book Provides gorgeous insights into what makes stories resonate and why the art form is so important in everyday life Whether you re a writer or not, everyone should read this book.


  24. I prefer his other book, Invisible Ink, though I think the purposes of the two books are pretty different And yet, this one was somehow lacking, just a little bit but still great


  25. An easy read, not the best, but a nice, well explored thesis A good resource for further literary analysis.


  26. Wow, this book looks simple, but it s profound I love the way Brian McDonald portrays the depth behind a simple idea Highly recommended for any writer.



  27. Sencillote y con un tufillo ocasional a autoayuda, pero supongo que est bien para alguien que empiece a escribir guiones.




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