"nobody likes ordinary people, they are boring"
"think of the sexiest woman you know, now think of her bald, not so sexy now is she"
I want writing tips, not tips on how to reject everything that isn't mainstream.
Yes there are genuinely good writing tips in here, but they are each buried under half an hour to an hour of boring bs examples and waffle.
This book written by and editor SURE AS HELL NEEDS AND EDITOR!
The irony of that and reading a book discussing how to make your characters more likeable while finding the narrator deeply unpleasant wasn't lost on me.
I got through two and a half hours of this and I want a damn medal.
Speaker, Leader, innovation consultant, kilt-wearer, South African.
If you're a writer, this is a fantastic refresher on everything you know you should be doing.
If you're not a writer, this is an excellent primer on writing.
It's good for fiction and non-fiction writers -- and it's improved my writing tremendously (can you tell by how well-written this review is? ;-)
Of course it doesn't take into account blogging or twitter -- but it's written by a master. Very good indeed.
I found this to be an education in how to write AND read. When I read a book now I find myself critiquing aspects I would not have noticed before. As another reviewer said, it's like being back in a university/college class. You will want to take notes. I will read this book again and highly recommend it to anyone interested in writing.
Sol Stein touches on all aspects of Fiction Writing and the examples given were interesting examples from other famous writers as well.
James Scott Bell's Revision & Self-Editing and Plot and Structure.
Yes, but I had to stop and write!
Hearing the lessons on my Kindle Fire was one of the most enjoyable experiences. I took Sol Stein with me while I relaxed in the patio, amid trees and birds from the greenbelt; and listened to his teaching as I chopped vegetables in the kitchen. Sol is so interesting I didn't want to put the book down!
This book has really opened my eyes to any story being told. I now look at my writings, others writings, and even movies, in a whole new light. The hours listening to this book is well worth your times and I don't think there is even a class out there that can beat what is covered in this time frame.
I enjoy the audio version because I can listen to it on my iPod while doing chores. I am beginning my second pass through the book right now!
I have not heard Christopher Lane before but he is a fine a voice performer as you can get! His reading of this book was perfect, in my estimation.
I found his application of fiction writing techniques to non-fiction a revelation. I am a documentary filmmaker and often write the voice over for my films. This book has transformed the way I view that task.
Every writer MUST read this! Even if you do not aspire to become a writer, listening to this book will enhance your enjoyment of good writing.
The narrator was excellent. The content was technical, but user friendly. In enjoyed the anecdotes of writers who span multiple generations. What a delightful book! As a newbie writer, I learned more from this Master Editor than I have from many of the
The whole book was excellent.
Since this was not a non-fictional work, there were no separate character performances.
I've become a more discriminating reader and, hopefully, a better writer.
I strongly recommend this book to anyone who aspires to become a good writer or anyone who would like to become a more critical reader. Thank you Sol Stein for a masterpiece.
I most certainly will listen to this book again. Stein has enlightened me on what makes a great book great.
Stein makes it personal, using stories from his own experience. He also uses examples from literature, which are readily known and/or accessible. He shows instead of tells, which is one of the basic premises.
This is not fiction. The only
That's just it...this entire book is worth remembering. When I think I'm starting to forget, I will re-listen.
I enjoyed the audio version daily and used the written book for reinforcement. I would refer to the text for the handful of exercises and for the titles of books that were mentioned. I found the audible book immersing; just what I want while both studying writing and actively working on a novel. It takes obsession to stick with it and work everyday when it's something that must be added to the everyday life. I have many writing books but I can't sit and read all day. The iPod and ear buds add to the hours I get to learn about writing in a day. I like that I can also play the files on my kindle with a small portable speaker.
The most memorable chapter was the one on coming up with a name for your book.
Lane has the voice of ancient authority, just what you would expect from Sol Stein with his years of experience.
There are so many ideas from the book that I will remember as I listen to it again and again. I was happy to find that I had naturally done many of the things that were suggested and happier yet to learn of the things that I had neglected.
It takes a lot of confidence to start and finish a novel. It requires focus. When you listen to this audible book you feel as if you are armed with some of the best information that can be had.
In the first few months after listening to it, I talked about this book all the time. I think Stein's ideas are the kind of ideas that I liked so much that I sort of just adopted them as my own. It's some basic stuff that we all need to hear integrated with some really great ideas and ways of thinking about things that were new to me - and might feel new when I hear them again. It's one of those books people talk about - for a reason.