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Stein on Writing: A Master Editor Shares His Craft, Techniques, and Strategies Audio Download – Unabridged

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By A Customer on 10 Jan. 2004
Format: Paperback
Writing non-fiction has been my living for 12 years now. Add a number close to 30 published mystery and horror short stories, and you have my experience in the craft. Always seeking to learn more, I have spent a significant amount of money on "How to write"-books. Three years ago I bought Steins masterpiece of teaching. Believe me: Save your money and buy Stein on Writing today. It is the only book of its kind you will ever need. Tips, tricks and techniques from a master. Easy to understand, even if it digs deep into the darkness of writing tales people believe. Let Steins book become your writers bible. Use it daily. It may bring the hardest working among you to the bestseller lists. At least you risk getting published.
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By A Customer on 9 Feb. 1997
Format: Hardcover
I have read several books on writing, and this is the best by far. If you are like me, and are looking for a writing book that does more than encourage and empower you, that doesn't waste time talking about overcoming your "fears," then this is the book for you. Sol Stein will teach you how to control the pacing of your scenes, develop characters that work, create a "crucible" and more. I read it to the last page, turned back to page one and started again.
There may be people who need empowerment to write. This is not for them. Stein on Writing is professional advice for writers who want to be professionals themselves.
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Unlike many other books in this genre, Stein is not solely concerned with helping the reader produce a publishable,'rattling good yarn'. He does cater for those happy enough to produce transient work, but anyone ambitious enough to attempt more serious, literary work will also find much invaluable advice. If one has a natural gift for writing, and longs to produce a novel with literary merit, this book will put him or her on the right road. If one's aim is to write popular fiction, it may be all that is needed.
I am not knowledgeable enough to say if there is a definite difference between American and English reading tastes, but I did find some quotes from American novels more irritating than praisworthy. There was a whiff of 'smart alec' wisecracking about them, which made me think the writers too clever by half. Fortunately, there aren't that many. Most of the quotes illustrate very well the points being made. Well worth buying.
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If you are looking to start writing on a blog, website or as a career then this is an excellent book to learn from.

I am a photographer and sell travel images. I got the book, in paperback and from Audible so I could listen on the walk to work and I was most surprised. Idea was that if I could also write articles to go with my photos I may sell more.

The book is easy to follow, well written (it had to be though didn't it!) easy to follow and full of great bits of advise. I even found that the book help me read my fiction as it gives you the breakdown of a good read.

Though the book was written some years ago I would say that it is as good as any book on the subject I have read or used and Ihave already recommended it to several friends and colleagues.
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Format: Hardcover
Stein gets to the guts of writing without putting you to sleep while he does it. His section on how to edit your work helps you to get the crap out of the text leaving a strong story. I thought his use of best-selling books to show bad writing was clever. I took twelve pages of "one liners" from the book to help with my writing. I read the book in one sitting. Buy it and write right.
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Sol covers a lot of ground here, and it's all good advice from an authentic master. But I found many of the examples badly selected, so that the point was made with less precision than I would expect. It was also heavier to read than the other reviews here had led me to expect.
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.
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I've looked through and read dozens of books on writing in my quest to find a book or books to refer writers to. I'm unusual as a literary agent in that I try to give feedback to writers, and refer them to various sources to improve their writing.

Never before have I been able to say, "This one book covers it all." If you have 'Getting The Words Right' by Theodore Cheney and 'Stein On Writing' you don't need any other writing reference books. And if you can buy only one writing reference book, buy 'Stein.' You won't regret it!
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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.

Sort of like a grumpy uncle rambling on at a family dinner who occasionally lets slip a gem.

Worth a look.
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