Sol Stein knows writing. As editor for some of the best authors of the latter 20th century, he's seen first-hand what can make or break a manuscript. From drafting through revision, from building character to making dialogue sing, he touches on all those aspects of fiction and non-fiction that distinguish memorable works from merely transitory ones.
I return to Stein on Writing whenever I'm suffering from stagnation or writer's block, whenever I'm getting ready to revise a manuscript, or whenever I just need some inspiration to keep me going as a writer. And as a high school creative writing teacher, this is the main text I teach from, and the only one I require my students to buy.
Over the years I've written thousands of words, published a few books, and read dozens of books and articles on writing. Stephen King's On Writing, John Gardner's The Art of Fiction, and Anne Lamott's Bird by Bird are all fantastic resources. But for my money, Stein on Writing is one of the best single sources for the working prose writer.
This recording is well-done. It's easy to imagine that Sol Stein himself is imparting his lessons vocally. Despite a few odd pronunciations and occasional chapters where the narrator's energy drags a bit, the book as a whole is still eminently listenable. I listen to it in conjunction with reading and annotating my paperback copy.
In short, if you're a writer (or want to become one), I highly recommend reading and listening to Stein on Writing. It's well worth your time.
As I listen and apply I find that I am continually refreshed in not only my thirst for writing but my ability as a craftsman.
Look no further. This book will change your writing life.
I'm a writer and I read like one. Just waiting for my big shot.
From now on this book will serve as a reference for me while writing both articles and fiction.
Every writer should read this book if they are committed to their craft and have the goal to become the best writer they can be.
I listen to a lot of everything. I really enjoy fiction, but also business books, self-improvement and lectures.
This is a fantastic read for any aspiring writer or a writer trying to build or improve their craft.
I can tell by the examples he draws upon that a great deal of thought went into this work. And he doesn't speak down to his audience.
I found this book to be exactly what I needed to point out writing pitfalls. It also served to remind me of what I already knew.
Stein cleared up things I've heard seasoned writers often say, but not necessarily explain; such as "be precise."
This book brings you from blank page to publishing. I read many books on writing, and I'd have to say this book is one of the best resources I've found. Half way through listening to this book, I also bought the softcover book to use as a reference.
Avid reader (and listener) of great (and other) books
Even if I don't get published, my reading skills are better thanks to this book and its details, clarity and examples.
Well narrated and easy to follow, this is a must for all writers - fiction and non-fiction.
He provides great examples.
It's definitely on my top 3 list along with Steven King's On Writing, and David Farland's Million Dollar Outlines.
He has a wonderful tone and pace and makes it easy to follow examples.
Listen to this! And then listen again.
Excellent author's advice.
Obviously the author.
Nothing in particular. There wasn't anything new that I hadn't heard, however he expressed it well.
Well worth listening to and keeping in your library for a refresher.
Solid stories about the real world.
Sol, of course.
Didn't get tired of his voice. Listened on a three hour drive, back and forth.