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Stein on Writing: A Master Editor of Some of the Most Successful Writers of Our Century Shares His Craft Techniques and Strategies Hardcover – 1 Dec 1995

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  • Hardcover: 320 pages
  • Publisher: St. Martin's Press; 1 edition (Dec. 1995)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0312136080
  • ISBN-13: 978-0312136086
  • Product Dimensions: 16.3 x 2.8 x 24.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (29 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 968,257 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Amazon Review

"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.

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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


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""

-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



"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

--This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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