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Stein on Writing: A Master Editor Shares His Craft, Techniques, and Strategies | [Sol Stein]

Stein on Writing: A Master Editor Shares His Craft, Techniques, and Strategies

Stein on Writing provides immediately useful advice for writers of fiction and nonfiction, whether newcomers or accomplished professionals. As Sol Stein, renowned editor, author, and instructor, explains, "This is not a book of theory. It is a book of usable solutions, how to fix writing that is flawed, how to improve writing that is good, how to create interesting writing in the first place."
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Stein on Writing provides immediately useful advice for writers of fiction and nonfiction, whether newcomers or accomplished professionals. As Sol Stein, renowned editor, author, and instructor, explains, "This is not a book of theory. It is a book of usable solutions, how to fix writing that is flawed, how to improve writing that is good, how to create interesting writing in the first place." With examples from his best sellers as well as aspiring students' writing, Stein offers detailed sections on characterization, dialogue, pacing, flashbacks, liposuctioning flab, the "triage" method of revision, using the techniques of fiction to enliven nonfiction, and more.

©1995 Sol Stein; (P)2003 Blackstone Audiobooks

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    James Upland, CA, United States 02-21-10
    James Upland, CA, United States 02-21-10
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    "So much to learn!"

    Sol Stein with his years of study and practice make this book very valuable for anyone interested in writing or communicating with other people in direct effective and in intriguing ways, (with least amount of unnecessary words required to do so)! I recommend this book to anyone interested in being a better communicator in every way imaginable!
    Thanks for reading my review!
    Bye for now.

    7 of 8 people found this review helpful
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    David CINCINNATI, OH, United States 04-04-09
    David CINCINNATI, OH, United States 04-04-09 Member Since 2008
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    "Must Have"

    Now that I have listened to this book I will have to buy a hard copy. There was not enough room on my MP3 player for all of the bookmarks. This is a book you will want to dog ear.

    10 of 12 people found this review helpful
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    Frank London, United Kingdom 11-10-07
    Frank London, United Kingdom 11-10-07
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    "Genuinely inspiring"

    Sol Stein (whose editorial credentials are impeccable) brings to this guide to writing are real humility in the face of the authors with whom he has worked, and a real understanding of the dynamics of creating characters, developing plot and fleshing out themes and ideas. He manages to be precise without being pedantic, structured without ever being formulaic. For the novice writer, his insights, ideas and principles are invaluable

    6 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    Brooke 02-01-12
    Brooke 02-01-12

    Choose Joy!

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    "Amazing. Amazing. Amazing."

    I've already listened to this three times, and I will undoubtedly listen to it again. One of four essential writing guides, and the best of the four. In fact, it's the best one I've ever read.

    Ever.

    You may also want "Steal this Plot", "The Power of Point of View" and "Writer's Guide to Character Traits". If you are interested in writing in the romance genre, then "How to Write Romances" by Phyllis T. Pianka is also veryworthwhile.

    Unfortunately, that's about it as far as actual techniques and discussion of the craft of writing. Everything else I've seen has been a popular discussion for folks who do not write and who are clueless about the publishing process. If you are a writer who wants to learn how to improve your writing with concrete techniques, this is the book for you.

    5 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    William Austin, TX, USA 07-26-04
    William Austin, TX, USA 07-26-04
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    "Great! I'm not even a writer and I love this"

    I'm not even a writer and I love this book. He reads passages to illustrate writing priciples.

    17 of 22 people found this review helpful
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    Ted Lancaster, PA, United States 06-02-15
    Ted Lancaster, PA, United States 06-02-15 Member Since 2010

    Don't know what I want to be when I grow up. Trip's cool though. Use Audible to make gym-training sane... And rip my imagination.

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    "Stein On Communicating: Resonantly"

    On our keyboards there are nubs on the f and j keys. Tiny finger grabbers to keep me from typing coded gibberish. Feel them for a moment. No… I mean you. Remember them under the pads of your fingers? Now, close your eyes and twirl them around in your mind. Their fact becomes your feeling. And that's what reading "Stein on Writing" is about.

    About the craft of… Well he writes that after his or her work is released into the wild, the artist is dispensable. Feeling and fact, are all that swirl around then, like vapors which audiences inhale into their thought and emotional selves. Or they don't because the artist doesn't know how to make that happen either well… Or at all.

    So Sol Stein teaches how to be a writer… And more importantly, how to be an audience. Does he do it well? Well enough that I've listened to "Stein on Writing" twice and I've ordered the book itself to mark up, scribble into, highlight, and dog-ear. So that next time I feel those tiny nubs actually under my pointy-fingers… I'll better make the keypad make me but not my writing… dispensable.

    Christopher Lee's perfect.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    A. Yoshida 06-16-13
    A. Yoshida 06-16-13
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    "Good advice for an aspiring writer"
    What did you love best about Stein on Writing?

    The book provided a lot of examples of good writing and excellent writing by applying the techniques mentioned. Even for someone who is only looking to improve her writing (not necessarily get published) would benefit from this book.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Stein on Writing?

    I practice the advice of cutting out adverbs and adjectives. Is the writing still saying the same thing with less words?


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    erik Los Angeles, CA, United States 01-31-12
    erik Los Angeles, CA, United States 01-31-12 Member Since 2015
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    "Completely changed my perspective on writing."

    Im 40 now, and have not done much writing outside of highschool and college assignments. And I admit, if it were not for audiobooks, I would have no connection with books. But that said, I do enjoy a good story, and Ive started to dabble a bit in writing, and thought Id give this book a try, as Im ready and eager to learn more.

    What I expected was a dry 'technical manual' on where to put punctuation, and what pro-nouns were and all that. What I got was a wonderfully rich exposure to what the purpose of a writer really is (to manipulate the readers experience), how to flesh out and define your characters and to understand various methods to revising and rewriting your work. All of this backed up by solid examples that show how authors (some bestsellers) have succeeded or fallen short of these ideas. And I found it fascinating.

    This book has changed my appreciation for all that an author does, and all the responsibilities I must live up to when I write. And these lessons I will also apply in my artwork, comic books, and other story telling forms.

    Again, I thought it it was going to be painfully slow and bland. Yet I found every chapter to be an insight on fresh ways to look at my writing/storytelling. And for me, it was fantastic and I only wish I was aware of these concepts earlier in life, as they are that profound.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    CHET YARBROUGH LAS VEGAS, NEVADA, United States 04-29-11
    CHET YARBROUGH LAS VEGAS, NEVADA, United States 04-29-11 Member Since 2015

    Faced with mindless duty, when an audio book player slips into a rear pocket and mini buds pop into ears, old is made new again.

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    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.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer 01-30-10 Member Since 2014

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    Even if you never intend to write a book, you will read books differently from understanding the process. Stein is a literary genius.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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