©1995 Sol Stein; (P)2003 Blackstone Audiobooks
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.
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.
I'm a writer and I read like one. Just waiting for my big shot.
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.
I listen to a lot of everything. I really enjoy fiction, but also business books, self-improvement and lectures.
This is a fantastic read for any aspiring writer or a writer trying to build or improve their craft.
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.
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.")
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.
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.
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."
If you could only chose one book on writing to read, it should be this one.
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.
Avid reader (and listener) of great (and other) books
Even if I don't get published, my reading skills are better thanks to this book and its details, clarity and examples.
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.
He has a wonderful tone and pace and makes it easy to follow examples.
Listen to this! And then listen again.
Excellent author's advice.
Obviously the author.
Nothing in particular. There wasn't anything new that I hadn't heard, however he expressed it well.
Well worth listening to and keeping in your library for a refresher.
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