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"The best reading experiences", says Sol Stein, "defy interruption". With Stein's assistance, you can grab your reader on page one and not let go until "The End". Stein--author of nine novels (including the best-selling The Magician) and editor to James Baldwin, W H Auden, and Lionel Trilling--offers "usable solutions" for any writing problem you might encounter. He is authoritative, commanding, and neither cheerleader nor naysayer. Instead, he rails against mediocrity and demands that you expunge it from your work. Perhaps the concept of scrutinising every modifier, every metaphor, every character trait sounds like drudgery. But with Stein's lively guidance, it is a pleasure. Stein recommends that you brew conflict in your prose by giving your characters different "scripts". He challenges you, in an exercise concerning voice, to write the sentence you want the world to remember you by. He uses an excerpt from E L Doctorow to demonstrate poorly written monologue and a series of Taster's Choice commercials as an example of dialogue that works. Stein's bottom line is that good writing must be suspenseful. Your job, says Stein, "is to give readers stress, strain, and pressure. The fact is that readers who hate those things in life love them in fiction". --Jane Steinberg --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
Although I have been writing for forty years, and studied various courses, this book has made such a difference to the way I view my writing. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Tim O'Dell
An absolute must for anyone wishing to propel the effectiveness of their diction.Published 7 months ago by sorabh sharma
A really constructive and interesting read and well worth the money in my opinion.Published 10 months ago by Max China
This is one of the best books I've read on writing. Stein offers tips for both fiction and non-fiction writers. He offers sound advice written in a very accessible way. Read morePublished 13 months ago by Frederick St John Smythe
I enjoyed this book. Quite a lot from Sol telling you how great Sol is, but lots of good advice too. And you feel he's on your side. Read morePublished on 17 Dec. 2011 by Stephen Arnott
This is my textured Graceland. I read this before I ever got anything published then again when I had and it just goes on making sense.Published on 13 Jun. 2011 by JJ Diamond
I found Sol Stein to come accross as full of himself, and his writing style of this non-fiction book as talking down to the reader. Read morePublished on 25 Aug. 2002 by P. Holmes
I stayed up all night reading this book, I was magnetised to its pages. I've had this experience with good fiction before but a text book - never: my husband thought I'd gone mad. Read morePublished on 7 Feb. 2001