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Stein on Writing Audiobook

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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    Book lover 06-09-14
    Book lover 06-09-14
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    "Excellent!"
    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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    S. Taylor sacramento, ca 06-03-14
    S. Taylor sacramento, ca 06-03-14 Member Since 2013

    StephanieTaylor:artist/writer

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    "A master communicator"
    What made the experience of listening to Stein on Writing the most enjoyable?

    Solid stories about the real world.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Sol, of course.


    What about Christopher Lane’s performance did you like?

    Didn't get tired of his voice. Listened on a three hour drive, back and forth.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    no


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    K. Cunningham Florida 06-16-13
    K. Cunningham Florida 06-16-13 Member Since 2007
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    "Very helpful!"

    This is the first book I have read or listened to on the craft of writing, so I have nothing to compare it to. But, I thought it was a very good book. Mr. Stein presents a lot of very good ideas and things to think about, and presents them in a way that is easy to understand. I think this is a very helpful book and time well spent. I'm considering buying a print copy so I can study it in more detail and highlight the parts I need to study more.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Jeremy NEW YORK, NY, United States 05-23-13
    Jeremy NEW YORK, NY, United States 05-23-13 Member Since 2012

    This is the kind of styles I like: good pace, cerebral, well-documented, meaty, mind-bending.

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    "great, Great, GREAT book to read"

    When I got the book, I wondered whether this would not just be for aspiring novelists, not at all!

    If you are like me, there are times you're listening/reading a book and thinking that you don't like the book. You don't know why, but you just don't like it. Usually, that's because you're bored but why you're bored is not clear. Further, you're wondering whether it is worth going a bit further into the book, maybe it will get better.

    What Stein's text does is tell what works in a book and vice-versa, tell you why you don't like a book. And it's simply amazing how many books do not follow Stein's basic recommendation and how this shows when listening to them.

    Read this book and you will know why you don't like a book and when it is time to let it go. If I had known about it earlier, it would have saved me so much time not giving second chances to books that were ultimately completely pointless. I will give here a few examples of things (among many others) that Stein's clearly identifies as poor boring writing:

    1. Characters that are sissies or winny, and have no strength of will,
    2. Stories that tell but do not show what's really happening,
    3. Stories in which things just do not start with something unusual, it's just the plain regular life.

    What's interesting about Stein's ideas is that they are delightfully adapted to our times. There are classics that do not follow these rules and that, if they were not accepted as classics, would probably fail. It makes the lessons quite fresh and certainly not obvious and a must read for anyone who wants to know why he did not like a particular book.

    Some take it as a lesson on writing, take it as a lesson on reading.

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    Rob New York, NY 03-04-13
    Rob New York, NY 03-04-13 Member Since 2013
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    "Great advice, but a little arrogant at times."

    I took away a lot of great advice from this book (though you might not be able to tell from the reviews I write)

    It seemed as if Stein spent a lot of time telling us how famous and successful he was and what a great influence he had been on a number of other famous and successful people. if you listen to this in a week like I did, you don't need to hear 20 times how he mentored an oscar winning director. Just get to the point.

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    Roan Chapin 02-04-13
    Roan Chapin 02-04-13
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    "Tons of useful advice"
    Where does Stein on Writing rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    This book kept me from reinventing the wheel. The audio format was useful.


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

    I felt like I was at one of Sol's writer's clinics.


    What’s an idea from the book that you will remember?

    People read to escape so don't bore them with the mundane.


    Any additional comments?

    I think my writing has improved after listening to this treatise.

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    Kevin B. Leigh Alden, NY 02-04-13
    Kevin B. Leigh Alden, NY 02-04-13 Member Since 2002
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    "Great content, dry listen"

    Great content if you are ready to write your first novel. After a while though it becomes bla bla bla.. as the reader just drones on and on.
    I replayed sections more than once, as I lost concentration because the reader is so dry.

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    Amazon Customer Gungahlin, Australia 10-28-12
    Amazon Customer Gungahlin, Australia 10-28-12
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    "Annoying bigoted old man can't get to the point"

    "nobody likes ordinary people, they are boring"
    "think of the sexiest woman you know, now think of her bald, not so sexy now is she"
    STFU
    I want writing tips, not tips on how to reject everything that isn't mainstream.
    Yes there are genuinely good writing tips in here, but they are each buried under half an hour to an hour of boring bs examples and waffle.
    This book written by and editor SURE AS HELL NEEDS AND EDITOR!
    The irony of that and reading a book discussing how to make your characters more likeable while finding the narrator deeply unpleasant wasn't lost on me.

    I got through two and a half hours of this and I want a damn medal.

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    Erich Auckland Park, South Africa 09-14-12
    Erich Auckland Park, South Africa 09-14-12

    Speaker, Leader, innovation consultant, kilt-wearer, South African.

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    "A master at work"

    If you're a writer, this is a fantastic refresher on everything you know you should be doing.

    If you're not a writer, this is an excellent primer on writing.

    It's good for fiction and non-fiction writers -- and it's improved my writing tremendously (can you tell by how well-written this review is? ;-)

    Of course it doesn't take into account blogging or twitter -- but it's written by a master. Very good indeed.

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    Fiona 06-29-12
    Fiona 06-29-12 Member Since 2012
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    "Very informative for writers and readers of books"

    I found this to be an education in how to write AND read. When I read a book now I find myself critiquing aspects I would not have noticed before. As another reviewer said, it's like being back in a university/college class. You will want to take notes. I will read this book again and highly recommend it to anyone interested in writing.

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  • Michael
    Lossiemouth, Moray, United Kingdom
    8/11/10
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    "Inspirational"

    I don't normal bother to write reviews but this merits one. I've learned more from this audiobook than I have from 10 other texts. While predominately for the fiction writer, most of the concepts, as Stein explains, are just as applicable in non-fiction writing.

    I don't believe there is anyone alive who couldn't learn at least something from this book.

    7 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • Susan
    Lymm, United Kingdom
    1/18/10
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    "Brilliant book"

    Excellent listen. I reallly enjoyed this book and it inspired me to write - and to do it well.

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • Amazon Customer
    London, UK
    8/22/13
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    "The Midas Touch"
    What did you like most about Stein on Writing?

    I have bought loads of how to write books over the years - Stein on Writing is simply the best. Where other books can be vague or overgeneralised, Stein is clear and precise. Many how to write books have great ideas about what you need to do but give little clue as to how to do it - Stein richly illustrates the points he makes and develops exercises to enable the reader to make breakthroughs in their approach to writing.


    What about Christopher Lane’s performance did you like?

    Christopher Lane is the best reader for this type of book - one that you do not notice - instead you find yourself transported directly to Stein's writing.


    Any additional comments?

    This book is not just a conventional outline of the usual requirements of good writing - instead it is a thoughtful and insightful collection of wise, hard won insights that can transform you as a writer. Stein has the Midas touch - this book can turn your work into writing gold.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Simon
    South Norwood, United Kingdom
    11/1/11
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    "Great Audiobook on Writing"

    I have tried several audiobooks on writing and this is one of the best. The chapters are all subject related and this makes it easy to browse and listen again (which is well worth doing). The examples are very useful and the general approach very pragmatic.

    Highly recommended

    5 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • Mr. R. D. Cox
    London
    3/3/11
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    "This book has improved all my writing"

    This book has improved all my writing, even emails, weblogs and reviews

    Motivational I will get back into writing, now I know I can be better than I was 10 years ago - when I wasn't good enough

    6 of 8 people found this review helpful
  • Amazon Customer
    United Kingdom
    10/9/14
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    "Absolutely stunning!"
    If you could sum up Stein on Writing in three words, what would they be?

    Essential for Writers!


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

    Superb


    Any additional comments?

    You could listen to this audio book over and over again, and you would still learn something new each time. FANTASTIC!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Nigel
    Reading, United Kingdom
    1/28/15
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    "Extremely useful"

    Addresses every aspect of writing with a structured and practical manner. Sol Stein writes with insight derived from his personal experience as a successful writer, editor and publisher. The narrator is a little dry at times, but the writing has clarity and humour.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • James
    Lincoln, United Kingdom
    6/22/14
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    "Great book with loads for tips"

    This book is easy to understand and will help the reader to engage with their readers.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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