Nancy Laronda Johnson
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The Art of Fiction
- By: Ayn Rand
- Narrated by: Marguerite Gavin
- Length: 6 hrs and 50 mins
Ayn Rand discusses how a writer combines abstract ideas with concrete action and description to achieve a unity of theme, plot, characterization, and style, the four essential elements of fiction. Here, too, are Rand's illuminating analyses of passages from famous writers, rewrites of scenes from her own works, and fascinating rules for building dramatic plots and characters with depth.
Get Stein on Writing
- By Lois on 12-04-09
Learned a lot about the craft of writing
Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?
Yes, specifically to a writer friend. There are a lot of writing techniques provided, things to think about when writing or editing. It might be considered to be the basics of writing, but these are basics that are easily and often missed by writers, skilled and not.
What did you like best about this story?
The tips on writing, how to create the best storylines and descriptions while getting rid of things that detract from what makes writing good.
What does Marguerite Gavin bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?
A straight forwardness about the skills one needs to be a well-rounded, good writer.
Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?
How to craft dramatic scenes, how to create the best out of a plot, how to write the best descriptions. A great book to own for future references.
Any additional comments?
I didn't always agree with her absoluteness about some things, but it was mainly near the end, when telling about her personal preferences. These, she expressed as what's the best and what's not good. Being an apparent non-believer, she had strong opinions about what religious fiction writing portrays. I'd say the last half hour of the book was the least helpful. The rest, I got much out of and would listen to again.