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Stein on Writing Audiobook

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

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Publisher's Summary

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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    Kirk Turner, ME, USA 12-11-07
    Kirk Turner, ME, USA 12-11-07
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    "This one will stay on the ipod for a long time"

    I have listened to this book twice over now and will continue to listen to it for a long time to come.

    5 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    Charlie Lethbridge, AB, Canada 01-01-07
    Charlie Lethbridge, AB, Canada 01-01-07 Member Since 2006
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    "Worth It"

    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.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    kimberly maidstone, Australia 06-23-11
    kimberly maidstone, Australia 06-23-11
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    "I've been looking for a book this good"

    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.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Jason Litchfield, OH, USA 07-16-10
    Jason Litchfield, OH, USA 07-16-10
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    "Exactly what I was looking for"

    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.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Ismaila Bronx, NY, United States 01-26-09
    Ismaila Bronx, NY, United States 01-26-09 Member Since 2012

    Three favorite authors, from three different continents and three different races: Stefan Zweig, Gabriel Garcia Marquez and Chinua Achebe.

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    "Wonderful!!!"

    Get this audiobook if you're intereted in improving your writing skills.

    3 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Sean Price 07-10-16
    Sean Price 07-10-16
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    "If you're a writer, you need this book!"
    What made the experience of listening to Stein on Writing the most enjoyable?

    How he shows the right and wrong way to approach things


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

    On Writing Well, because it helps a writer to improve his or her voice.


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

    Not yet


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

    How to create proper suspense and tension.


    Any additional comments?

    Every writer should have this book!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Paul LeBLanc Burbank, CA, US 06-22-16
    Paul LeBLanc Burbank, CA, US 06-22-16
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    "The best most informative"

    Book I have come across on the essence writing well. Highly recommended. The reader was excellent. Go for it.

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    Nadav 05-19-16
    Nadav 05-19-16
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    "A book that provides good writing skills."

    The book provides good strategies and skills to any writer, fiction and non-fiction alike. It will guide you how to avoid common pitfalls, how to improve the text, remove clatter, etc. The downside is that he has a lot of emphasize on fiction writers, for instance, a whole chapter on love scenes, drama, etc. But non fiction writer also gain insights, and will find some parts exciting and helpful.
    The important advantage is that Sol Stein in (was?) an editor, and he teaches from an editor's perceptive. It does not help that you and your relatives find the manuscript you write interesting, or exciting if an editor does not, because you will not publish it. Adopting his point of view will not only help you get your book published, but also make it better in any possible way, from title to content, to first page.
    Highly recommended.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Loki Liesmith Elmwood Park, IL, United States 02-13-16
    Loki Liesmith Elmwood Park, IL, United States 02-13-16 Member Since 2011
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    "ESSENTIAL Writing Knowledge"

    Sol Stein knows writing. As editor for some of the best authors of the latter 20th century, he's seen first-hand what can make or break a manuscript. From drafting through revision, from building character to making dialogue sing, he touches on all those aspects of fiction and non-fiction that distinguish memorable works from merely transitory ones.

    I return to Stein on Writing whenever I'm suffering from stagnation or writer's block, whenever I'm getting ready to revise a manuscript, or whenever I just need some inspiration to keep me going as a writer. And as a high school creative writing teacher, this is the main text I teach from, and the only one I require my students to buy.

    Over the years I've written thousands of words, published a few books, and read dozens of books and articles on writing. Stephen King's On Writing, John Gardner's The Art of Fiction, and Anne Lamott's Bird by Bird are all fantastic resources. But for my money, Stein on Writing is one of the best single sources for the working prose writer.

    This recording is well-done. It's easy to imagine that Sol Stein himself is imparting his lessons vocally. Despite a few odd pronunciations and occasional chapters where the narrator's energy drags a bit, the book as a whole is still eminently listenable. I listen to it in conjunction with reading and annotating my paperback copy.

    In short, if you're a writer (or want to become one), I highly recommend reading and listening to Stein on Writing. It's well worth your time.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    David Benjamin 07-22-15 Member Since 2016
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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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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