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Stein on Writing Audiobook

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

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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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    cody 08-26-15
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    "Raw writing advice. Listened twice already."

    A lifetime of teaching and writing bleeds out of each chapter. Stein makes you see the world like a writer, bursting with evocation.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Jumbone California 07-24-15
    Jumbone California 07-24-15 Member Since 2015

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    "So good I'm listening again"

    Excellent information, clearly presented. This not only helped me improve what I have already written but also sparked new ideas to keep me writing new material. I'm going to listen again right now.

    1 of 1 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.

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    RollRSkateGirl 04-12-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Best book on writing ever. Lots of examples."
    Where does Stein on Writing rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    This is, by far, the best book on writing advice I have read. First of all it's so enjoyable and interesting to read that you can't put it down. Second, Sol gives lots of real examples: (e.g. "Here is one example, now here's a better way to word this.")


    What other book might you compare Stein on Writing to and why?

    Stephen King, "On Writing," is probably my next favorite, but Sol Stein has much more actual writing examples than King and is much more thorough.


    What does Christopher Lane bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Oh, Christopher Lane is incredible. His voice is pleasant to listen to and gives the perfect emotion to the book so that you never start to "zone out." He also did "The Best Revenge" for Stein which I'm reading now. He is slightly more animated for this work on fiction and also wonderful.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    It's hard to pick just one. I loved the section on how he explained that he used to be part of a small theater where the director used to purposely give each actor a different script, and then turn them lose on the stage to cause confusion. And he said you should do this in your writing, because in real life we all have "different scripts."


    Any additional comments?

    If you could only chose one book on writing to read, it should be this one.

    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?


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    erik Los Angeles, CA, United States 01-31-12
    erik Los Angeles, CA, United States 01-31-12
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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.

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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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    "WRITING"


    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.

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    Amazon Customer 01-30-10

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    "outstanding"

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

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    Ron Sydney, Australia 07-19-09
    Ron Sydney, Australia 07-19-09 Member Since 2012

    Literary graduate and published columnist turned glorified grease monkey.

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    "yep, really good"

    Went into a fair amount of detail. Provided great examples. Good little exercises and answers provided to see if you have what it takes. It was a little bit long, but everything in it was relevant. Very insiteful, a must for budding writers who want the edge. Lots of key elements needed for the difference between pulp fiction and quality writing. Very well done. I'm going to try Ayn Rand's "Art of Fiction" next just to get a comparison.

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    adamstuder 04-01-08
    adamstuder 04-01-08 Member Since 2016
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    "No Small Thing"

    This is not a book that you will say you have heard before. This book is one that you will say you need to hear again.

    For any writer, Stein's words will be like gold. I only wish he would speak of grammar.

    E.B. Whites, Elements of Style could very well be right next to this (aside from length).

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
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  • Michael
    Lossiemouth, Moray, United Kingdom
    8/11/10
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    "Inspirational"

    I don't normal bother to write reviews but this merits one. I've learned more from this audiobook than I have from 10 other texts. While predominately for the fiction writer, most of the concepts, as Stein explains, are just as applicable in non-fiction writing.

    I don't believe there is anyone alive who couldn't learn at least something from this book.

    8 of 8 people found this review helpful
  • Susan
    Lymm, United Kingdom
    1/18/10
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    "Brilliant book"

    Excellent listen. I reallly enjoyed this book and it inspired me to write - and to do it well.

    7 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • Amazon Customer
    London, UK
    8/22/13
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    "The Midas Touch"
    What did you like most about Stein on Writing?

    I have bought loads of how to write books over the years - Stein on Writing is simply the best. Where other books can be vague or overgeneralised, Stein is clear and precise. Many how to write books have great ideas about what you need to do but give little clue as to how to do it - Stein richly illustrates the points he makes and develops exercises to enable the reader to make breakthroughs in their approach to writing.


    What about Christopher Lane’s performance did you like?

    Christopher Lane is the best reader for this type of book - one that you do not notice - instead you find yourself transported directly to Stein's writing.


    Any additional comments?

    This book is not just a conventional outline of the usual requirements of good writing - instead it is a thoughtful and insightful collection of wise, hard won insights that can transform you as a writer. Stein has the Midas touch - this book can turn your work into writing gold.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Simon
    South Norwood, United Kingdom
    11/1/11
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    "Great Audiobook on Writing"

    I have tried several audiobooks on writing and this is one of the best. The chapters are all subject related and this makes it easy to browse and listen again (which is well worth doing). The examples are very useful and the general approach very pragmatic.

    Highly recommended

    6 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • Mr. R. D. Cox
    London
    3/3/11
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    "This book has improved all my writing"

    This book has improved all my writing, even emails, weblogs and reviews

    Motivational I will get back into writing, now I know I can be better than I was 10 years ago - when I wasn't good enough

    7 of 9 people found this review helpful
  • Amazon Customer
    United Kingdom
    10/9/14
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    "Absolutely stunning!"
    If you could sum up Stein on Writing in three words, what would they be?

    Essential for Writers!


    Have you listened to any of Christopher Lane’s other performances? How does this one compare?

    Superb


    Any additional comments?

    You could listen to this audio book over and over again, and you would still learn something new each time. FANTASTIC!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Jim McCrory
    Cunninghamhead ( A little village)
    3/27/16
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    "Everything a writer needs."
    Would you consider the audio edition of Stein on Writing to be better than the print version?

    I have not read the print version


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    There are no characters; it is not a novel.


    What does Christopher Lane bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

    The reading was very pleasant.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    No


    Any additional comments?

    This book has all the advice a writer needs. I got in the habit of listening to one chapter at a time, writing down notes and applying the advice.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Amazon Customer
    Hampshire, England
    3/27/16
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    "Very useful."

    I found this book very useful, with lots of things I had never thought about. Great examples too.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Nigel
    Reading, United Kingdom
    1/28/15
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    "Extremely useful"

    Addresses every aspect of writing with a structured and practical manner. Sol Stein writes with insight derived from his personal experience as a successful writer, editor and publisher. The narrator is a little dry at times, but the writing has clarity and humour.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • James
    Lincoln, United Kingdom
    6/22/14
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    "Great book with loads for tips"

    This book is easy to understand and will help the reader to engage with their readers.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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