©1995 Sol Stein; (P)2003 Blackstone Audiobooks
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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.
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.
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.
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