Nascence: 17 Stories That Failed and What They Taught Me

Your willingness to share these precious lessons is awe-inspiring! I find it very edifying, even illuminating.

Your persistence, for one thing, is amazing--moving ahead toward the writer's life you planned, doggedly learning from your mistakes, having faith that you would get there. As someone else commented here, you've put together a "master class" for writers of fiction. Writing advice is good.

Stories aren't worth reading. Advice could have been condensed into a nice article or lecture. Back in my college days my aspiring musician friends would talk about master classes, where an established pro would show them how it was done. Oddly enough, some of the best, they said, were from younger musicians, far enough along to have made it, but still not so far ahead that they had forgotten what it was like when they were still trying to grasp the basics of performance.

Tobias Buckell a younger pro, has pulled his personal slush pile together with insightful commentary to give what is effect a master class in the art of the science fiction short story.

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This is a great collection for any aspiring writer. So, what is in it for the reader like myself who has no intention of producing his own product?

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Nascence: 17 Stories That Failed and What They Taught Me - Kindle edition by Tobias S. Buckell. Download it once and read it on your Kindle device, PC. New York Times Bestseller Tobias S. Buckell has published 45 short stories in various magazines and anthologies. But in the process of learning how to sell.

Surprisingly, quite a lot. There is a certain amount of fun in learning how the trick is done, kind of like taking the backstage tour at your favorite attraction.

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If you disregard than the fun of seeing what is behind the curtain, even the roughest of these stories is worth reading in its own right. We read science fiction for a lot of reasons. One of the basic ones for me is that moment where something stretches your perceptions and you say to yourself, "Whoa, that's cool. If you don't need a master class, at least read it to see a solid writer with a great imagination learning his chops. If you find yourself reading the author's introductions to stories as carefully as the stories themselves; if you're a writer who thinks about that mysterious thing called story, do consider this book.

Tobias Buckell is offering something unique: Lessons to be learnt. Nascence has really crystallised some ideas I've been having about 'story,' and given me some new insights. This is the most helpful book I've read on the craft of short story writing for ages. See all 7 reviews. Amazon Giveaway allows you to run promotional giveaways in order to create buzz, reward your audience, and attract new followers and customers. Learn more about Amazon Giveaway. Set up a giveaway. Feedback If you need help or have a question for Customer Service, contact us. Would you like to report poor quality or formatting in this book?

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Consider concurrently reading a "Best of" anthology to cleanse yourself. Jan 12, Shawn Scarber Deggans rated it really liked it. Tobias bravely exposes many of his early failures in an effort to demonstrate the lessons he's learned about the craft of writing short, speculative fiction. Honestly, I thought a many of the stories were good, but reading through the collection it does become clear when his grasp of the craft took hold.

Tobias also makes it clear that you can't just keep doing the same thing over and over.


If you're not publishing 17 failed stories and what they taught me is a unique gift to the budding writer. If you're not publishing professionally, it's not because "they" don't recognize your genius, it's because you're just not quite there yet. The big lessons I took away from this are: Reading this collection has definitely inspired me to read more works by Tobias.

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Sep 26, Kevin McLaughlin rated it really liked it. This is a remarkable book. Very rarely do you see an accomplished writer like Bucknell track his progress from early "not so good" stories through his modern, much stronger ones. Better still, the author goes into a lot of detail about what he learned in each story, and how he applied those lessons to later ones. Basically a career-tracking memoir and powerful instructional tool in one, the book This is a remarkable book. Basically a career-tracking memoir and powerful instructional tool in one, the book gives good insights into how one can develop from a novice to an expert storyteller.

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Keeton rated it it was amazing. Probably the most unique short story collection I've ever read. I would say that it's a must-read for writers and anyone who cares about the process of becoming marketable. The stories vary--some are stinkers that are hard to get through, while others I'm amazed never saw the light of day before now. Overall, it's probably the best book I've read in a long while, and I just can't recommend it enough.

This one was interesting.

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I think there were a few things missing that would have made it really good, but as a whole a decent read, fun, and worth the money I paid. If nothing else, it's made me interested in picking up one of his novels, which can never be a bad thing for an author to accomplish. Full review coming soon. Apr 03, Tom Hansen rated it it was amazing Shelves: Tobias introduced this book as either a brilliant idea or self-aggrandizing.

I think it is both. It gives him the ability to show some the work that made him an author today, and we get the chance to see the mistakes he made while writing them. If you are an aspiring author, fan of sci-fi, or just a fan of Tobias's work, you should find something to love in here. Excellent accounting of abandoned stories and the reasons behind the abandonment.

Sharing failures with one's fan base is very insightful idea. Apr 19, Stephen Patterson rated it really liked it.

Nascence: 17 Stories That Failed and What They Taught Me

Very good introduction to writng SF short stories. Looking forward to reading the ones he sold. Chris Hyde rated it really liked it Jun 06, Esther Singer rated it really liked it Apr 01, Marc Iverson rated it liked it Feb 28, Fiona rated it really liked it Dec 25, Steven Young rated it really liked it Jul 13, Janet Harriett rated it it was amazing Apr 14, Hibido rated it it was ok Apr 15, Marticus rated it liked it Dec 16, The portal became popular and a lot of students got in touch with him.

His decision to leave Kota and then formal education amused many. Ravindra is now a motivational speaker at various schools and institutes in and outside Kota. For 16 year old Tarun Garg a career was designed long before he knew what he wanted to do in life.

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To fulfil his parents dream of cracking IIT and a well-paying secured job he went to Hyderabad and then Kota for coaching. I left Hyderabad and joined coaching in Kota, but drilling study hours exhausted me. I was always a self study person. Finally, I decided to leave, and leave for good! The short drill at Hyderabad and Kota taught Tarun quite a lot.

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He learnt to let go an ambition that was making him unhappy and also, finding an idea that could re-shape his life. For students and parents who come to Kota for coaching, food and lodging is the biggest concern, after dream IIT! Along with his friends ,16 year old Divyansh Agrawal and 17 year old Nitesh Jethmalani all students of class 12th currently, Tarun founded RoomKart.

I did some market survey and spoke to my friends who could help me with contacts, financing and marketing. We launched a basic website in and it saw huge response soon after it went live. Tarun and his friends are now keen to find some funds and investors for the next plunge. While they do want to complete their formal education, a degree for them, is no more a necessary stamp to succeed in life.