This book is like sitting through an interesting college course in writing. My bookcases and hard-drive is full of books on writing. I have to say that this book has been the most helpful so far. Sol Stein made me think of P.O.V. and suspense differently. I highly recommend this book to anyone that would like to improve their writing. I do admit that at times it is hard to swallow Stein's ego, the worst for me is the "Thou Shall" stuff at the end, but the techniques he teaches are priceless.
First, let me say there are very good nuggets of information in this book. The problem is that the nuggets are hard to hear over her huge ego. 90% of this book is her tearing apart other people's work and never giving any examples of how it could have been done better. The book also gets political from out of nowhere. I'm sure there is good information here, but I struggled to finish listening to this book. If you want to listen to a book on techniques and strategies, I would suggest listening to Stein in Writing. Yes, Sol Stein has the huge ego too, but at least he gives examples to help the listener.
Am I missing something? When I started this book it felt like I started in the middle of a story not the beginning. I tried to listen in the hopes it would get better, but I found myself repeatedly checking to make sure I was listening to book one part one. I ended up giving up on the story
At first I wasn't sure if I would like this story. Soon after I started listening I fell in love with this book. So many inspirational books do not deal with real world situations. This book did it wonderfully. It truly is a must read.
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