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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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    Jumbone Winchester 07-24-15
    Jumbone Winchester 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.

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    David 07-22-15
    David 07-22-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Worth every second."

    As I listen and apply I find that I am continually refreshed in not only my thirst for writing but my ability as a craftsman.

    Look no further. This book will change your writing life.

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    Robert MIAMI, FL, United States 05-27-15
    Robert MIAMI, FL, United States 05-27-15 Member Since 2014

    I'm a writer and I read like one. Just waiting for my big shot.

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    "Must have for writers"

    From now on this book will serve as a reference for me while writing both articles and fiction.

    Every writer should read this book if they are committed to their craft and have the goal to become the best writer they can be.

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    Amazon Customer Soledad, CA, United States 05-11-15
    Amazon Customer Soledad, CA, United States 05-11-15

    I listen to a lot of everything. I really enjoy fiction, but also business books, self-improvement and lectures.

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    This is a fantastic read for any aspiring writer or a writer trying to build or improve their craft.

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    Ryan Weaver 04-14-15
    Ryan Weaver 04-14-15 Member Since 2015

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    "Great advice for fiction and nonfiction writers"

    I can tell by the examples he draws upon that a great deal of thought went into this work. And he doesn't speak down to his audience.

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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.

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    GC 03-20-15
    GC 03-20-15

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    "Excellent resource"

    I found this book to be exactly what I needed to point out writing pitfalls. It also served to remind me of what I already knew.
    Stein cleared up things I've heard seasoned writers often say, but not necessarily explain; such as "be precise."
    This book brings you from blank page to publishing. I read many books on writing, and I'd have to say this book is one of the best resources I've found. Half way through listening to this book, I also bought the softcover book to use as a reference.

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    Maria Mexico D.F., Mexico 02-18-15
    Maria Mexico D.F., Mexico 02-18-15 Member Since 2015

    Avid reader (and listener) of great (and other) books

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    "For the writer in all of us"

    Even if I don't get published, my reading skills are better thanks to this book and its details, clarity and examples.

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    Nicola 07-25-14
    Nicola 07-25-14 Member Since 2014
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    "Excellent resource"
    Where does Stein on Writing rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Well narrated and easy to follow, this is a must for all writers - fiction and non-fiction.

    He provides great examples.

    It's definitely on my top 3 list along with Steven King's On Writing, and David Farland's Million Dollar Outlines.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

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    What about Christopher Lane’s performance did you like?

    He has a wonderful tone and pace and makes it easy to follow examples.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

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    Any additional comments?

    Listen to this! And then listen again.

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    Book lover 06-09-14
    Book lover 06-09-14
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    If you could sum up Stein on Writing in three words, what would they be?

    Excellent author's advice.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Obviously the author.


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

    Clear reading.


    What insight do you think you’ll apply from Stein on Writing?

    Nothing in particular. There wasn't anything new that I hadn't heard, however he expressed it well.


    Any additional comments?

    Well worth listening to and keeping in your library for a refresher.

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