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The Burnt Notebook

Length: 3 hrs and 20 mins
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Inspirational hacks to transform expand your imagination and your creative writing.

Writer and podcaster Ross Sutherland offers you a suite of writing techniques to get your creative juices flowing. This series is packed with tips gleaned from literature’s finest writers, but don’t worry - Ross isn’t about to ask you to write a dense novel or an academic text. Through a series of playful exercises he’s encouraging you to have fun, to experiment, to play and to fall in love with the written word.

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what a racket.

I couldn't listen through horrible sound art accompaniment. Reversing trucks... car alarms.. ping pong anyone?

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Could not last 5 minutes

Skipped through hoping the background noise would stop but it didn’t,. Would give another go without the added noise.

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Too much noise!

This probably has some great advice but I couldn’t hear it because of all the sound effects and weird noise.

The producers should re-master this series and then fire the clown who added the “sound art”.

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  • IRB
  • 21-02-2020

This is wonderful

I am not a creative writer, in fact I am not creative at all. But after listening to this wonderful series I went out and bought a note book. I filled a fountain pen with pretty ink and started to write. Just like art or music, Ross tells us and shows us we can just write for our self.

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  • Olgabootsanova
  • 15-01-2020

Physically painful background music

I really wanted to be able to love this, but no matter how I tinkered with the settings the background noises/music were sudden, sharp, jarring and incredibly distracting. Please, please remaster this without the odd music! I'm not exaggerating, it is physically painful to my ears. I couldn't listen past 4 minutes.
When I jumped ahead the background music wasn't as bad but was weird and wobbly and made me feel a bit woozy and odd. Maybe it is because I occasionally get migraines and it wouldn't do this to someone else, but I really thing a remastering should be considered.
I really want to love this!

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  • Aparna
  • 22-01-2020

music really?

why background music .Not necessary at all . did not want to continue to listen

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  • Mr. P. J. Glynn
  • 07-01-2020

An Extremely Helpful Series!

I found this to be an amazingly helpful and well produced series and would highly recommend it to anyone who wants to try creative writing!

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  • miss o wilson
  • 21-01-2020

Struggled to finish

I struggled to finish this as all the sound effects and background music were really distracting and pointless.

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  • Stevie Bach
  • 18-01-2020

Great writing ideas

Ross Sutherland offers meandering interesting literary journeys before offering fascinating useful exercises. Great listening.

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  • David
  • 31-01-2020

Oh God How Annoying

This could be a good read, but for me the accompanying background music was SO annoying that I could not continue listening.

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  • josh McCabe
  • 16-01-2020

Just awesome!

I found this great to get my creative mind kickstarted when I couldn't think if anything. Some of the exercises he talks about help me come up with the strangest ideas to write about. I'd definitely recommend listening to this, even if you're a proper professional writer or just starting out.

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  • blacktormaline
  • 15-01-2020

Great show, ruined by sound effects

The infuriating sound design ruins what is otherwise a truly engaging and insightful show about writing.
Ross has a kind and disarming manner about him and that is the only reason that I toughed it out through the whole series.

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  • Lawrence Smith
  • 04-04-2020

Too many weird noises and SFX!

I was really excited about this series as the concept was something that I feel very passionate about - creative writing and encouraging people to write. However, I couldn't cope with all the bizarre keyboard noises whilst he is talking. It was like having to listen to your child practising on the new keyboard they have just recieved whilst simultaneously having a conversation on the phone.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 05-03-2020

too much background music

sorry, I can't listen to this audio book, the combination of background music and informative talking to too confusing, in a sensory overload manner