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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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    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 2017
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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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    H. T. Roberts Allen, TX 10-22-17
    H. T. Roberts Allen, TX 10-22-17 Member Since 2014
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    "Concise, Possibly Complete"

    Sol gets right to the point. There is nothing superfluous in here. All the lessons are gold.

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    James Jones Wyncote, PA United States 09-29-17
    James Jones Wyncote, PA United States 09-29-17 Member Since 2015
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    "This book will definitely help improve my writing"

    Mr. Stein exceptional book is full of useful yet practical information that can help all writers. His thoughtful insights are delivered in a manner that is accessible to someone like novice writers. I am sure more experienced could benefit from this book as well. It is a necessary reference guide.

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    Antonio J. Castro Austin, Texas 05-25-17
    Antonio J. Castro Austin, Texas 05-25-17 Member Since 2013
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    "must have for the would be author"

    If you aspire to be a published author or already are, this book and audio is an absolute necessity. Solstien shares his wisdom and experiences as one of the most renowned editor and successful author of our time.

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    KP 02-24-17
    KP 02-24-17 Member Since 2017
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    "Valuable for storytellers of various mediums"

    I am a filmmaker, not a novelist or journalist, but found this book incredibly educational and captivating all the same. As others have noted, the practical advice was even more than I bargained for. And in combination with the theory and experience that supports all of the author's teachings, this book felt like one of those once in a lifetime semesters with a professor that sticks with you for the rest of your days.

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    Brodsky 12-13-16
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    "Beware: read by a computer, not a human."

    Robot-like read. Like having your GPS read you a novel. Not an easy listen. Proceed at your own risk.

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    Martin 11-21-16
    Martin 11-21-16
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    "IMMERSE YOURSELF"

    Very detailed, you cant fail to learn a lot from this writing encyclopedia. A thorough series of how to lessons.

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    Sean Price 07-10-16
    Sean Price 07-10-16 Member Since 2017
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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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