©1995 Sol Stein; (P)2003 Blackstone Audiobooks
Literary graduate and published columnist turned glorified grease monkey.
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.
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).
Unlike other "...those who can't, teach" books on writing, Stein's book is packed with useful, tangible information that can help just about any writer. This book is primarily geared towards fiction writers, but non-fiction writers will benefit as well. (And as Stein points out, non-fiction writers that don't have a novel stashed away some place are few and far between.) Stein explains how text looks from a editor's/publisher's point of view and in my opinion, he explains why a lot of "good" writing doesn't sell.
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.
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.
There are hundreds of books on writing, but this book is a stand out. Not only is the author a publisher, playright & successful (fiction) author - but he knows how to break it down for you. In fact, he goes into detail, with excellent examples throughout, that I hadn't even considered. When you're struggling to get going, I've found that to be important. I've been writing non-fiction for years, and have had a book published by Penguin, but I'd like to try fiction. This book has tips for fiction AND non-fiction writers, although it's weighted towards fiction. LOVE the many examples, so you can see (ok, hear, as this is audible!) the WAY it's done.
I scoured Audible in search of what I felt to me would be the most useful book on writing. I examined descriptions, reviews, and more descriptions and reviews, before settling on Stein on Writing. I wasn't convinced I made the right choice...until I listened to it. I feel lucky that this was the book I chose because as a novice writer who craves tips from professionals it has given me a tremendous amount of valuable information.
Three favorite authors, from three different continents and three different races: Stefan Zweig, Gabriel Garcia Marquez and Chinua Achebe.
Get this audiobook if you're intereted in improving your writing skills.
One of the most important principles of good writing is "show, don't tell," but it can be hard to understand exactly what that means. This book is worth reading for his careful explanation of that distinction alone. The rest is gravy.
Of course, some of the rules offered need to be taken as suggestions. Hilariously, he says no book called Twilight could succeed.
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