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.
Chet Yarbrough, an audio book addict, exercises two cocker spaniels twice a day with an Ipod in his pocket and earbuds in his ears. Hope these few reviews seduce the public into a similar obsession but walk safely and be aware of the unaware.
Stein???s book is a writer???s road map. Writers see the highways and streets of writing a good story. Stein???s map reveals where a story begins, which roads to follow, and where a story ends. He explains how to write actionably. Do not write ???he was upset???, write, ???He threw an ash tray through the living room window, sprinkling shards of glass across a brown patch of grass???. The first line is vague. It is telling the reader that the character is upset. The second line shows action. It makes the reader decide on the character???s mood. A good writer is emoting readers to feel character emotion. He does not tell the reader what to think. On Stein???s map, this is the beginning of good story telling.
Stein offers more and says it better.
This is a book for the reference shelf; to be read; to be listened to; again and again.
I've read them all - oh my god, I've read them all - and Mr. Stein's book (accompanied by the easy sounding Mr. Lane) is the best of them.
/don't even bother trying to torrent it, the WHOLE thing is not out there. I know.
Say something about yourself!
The best guidance I have read. I did not know that writing could be improved with so many simple changes.
The other reviews I have read showered praise on Stein for his book on writing. I guess they either write fiction or would like to in future. The topic of fiction is the focus for the bulk of the book. I downloaded the book for the nonfiction writing advice that the book claimed to contain. I downloaded the book for a project in nonfiction I am working on. I am not a author. The book does not address nonfiction unless you classify nonfiction as strictly the domain of biographical and journalistic types of writing.
There are many interesting things going on that have nothing to do with either of those two subjects. If I tried to apply Stein's information to my project I am confident it would produce a work for ideas set three decades into the past. Not what I sought. Therefore the book is a zero for me in terms of why I downloaded it. I give it two stars only becuase the fiction work in it could possibly help someone else.
I just wonder which nonfiction writers Stein thought would be his audience for this book? I would think biographical and journalistic writers would have had already had plenty of writing education. It is the rest of us who seek to write nonfiction that require help.
It's the best book I ever read about the craft of writing.
He gives amazing tips about the use of language to emote.
The narrator did a perfect job.
I indeed listened in one sitting.
Didn't like the lack of transition between the chapters (I would prefer to have some seconds between then).
This book, although I am admittedly only at the end of chapter 2 is exactly and precisely what I've been looking for, it really is a great read, the narration is incredibly well paced, clear, and concise. The apparent lack of a section on "writing for ones audience" really puts me off and I warn amatuer writers such as myself that this is a subject of serious importance for any writing. However, I really am enjoying this book and can already tell, even though I've only scracthed the surface of it, that it will be an invaluable tool in helping me to develop my own writing. It is a serious, great, and well written book, once you get past the sometimes arrogant opinions of course. :)
Stein incredibly arrogant. He tells us we should read John Grisham’s “The Firm” for an example of poor writing. Good writers on the other hand notice little things like the sexual interplay between fathers and their adolescent daughters, mothers and adolescent sons at square dances. If you can ignore his self-serving and sometimes ludicrous comments like the one about square dances, the book has some excellent information for aspiring writers.