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.
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.