- Format: Kindle Edition
- File Size: 572 KB
- Print Length: 322 pages
- Publisher: St. Martin's Press; 1st edition (11 February 2014)
- Sold by: Amazon Australia Services, Inc.
- Language: English
- ASIN: B00HFUJP5Y
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Not Enabled
- Customer Reviews: 254 customer ratings
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #211,967 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
Stein On Writing: A Master Editor of Some of the Most Successful Writers of Our Century Shares His Craft Techniques and Strategies 1st Edition, Kindle Edition
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"The best book on writing that I have read . . . The tips, shortcuts, and plentiful examples of good writing versus bad cannot fail to every writer, no matter at what stage he finds himself." --Barnaby Conrad, author of Matador and Learning to Write Fiction from the Masters
"Stimulating . . . Offers a banquet of savvy advice. Unlike Anne Lamott, et al., Stein aims not to help his readers wrestle with writerly anguish; rather, he gets on the page, citing examples from writers famous and fledgling, closely analyzing first sentences, creation of character, plotting, and dialogue . . . Stein concentrates more on fiction--point of view and the creation of love scenes--but his advice on such issues as self-editing and choosing a title applies also to nonfiction. A section on nonfiction contains worthy remarks about adapting fictional techniques (suspense, visual particularity, etc.)." --Publishers Weekly
"This book can jump-start anyone's creativity. Highly recommended for all writing collections." --Library Journal
"My publisher Sol Stein was my producer, and editor Sol Stein was my director. Stein saw what I didn't think possible." --Elia Kazan
"[Stein] went over my manuscript with an ifallible eye for the soft spots in my prose, giving me one of the best editorial readinds I've ever had." --Lionel Trilling
About the Author
Sol Stein is the author of several novels, including the million-copy bestseller The Magician. As an editor, his authors included James Baldwin, Jack Higgins, and many others. Stein has lectured widely on creative writing, and was given the Distinguished Instructor Award by the University of California at Irvine in 1993. His columns appear regularly on America Online and elsewhere.
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This is not a book about grammar but about style and making an emotional impact with the reader. It makes you reconsider every word you wrote and motivates you to make it sparkle.
I've read many books on writing, but if I could keep just one, this would be it.
I particularly like the chapter that covers the differences between literary fiction and commercial reads. I also like the fact that he gives suggestions and then an example, allowing you to see the effects of his techniques.
Sort of like a grumpy uncle rambling on at a family dinner who occasionally lets slip a gem.
Worth a look.
I found Plot (Ansen Dibell) and Characters & Viewpoint (Orson Scott Card) more readable and clearer. However, between them they only cover half the ground that Sol covers.