Stein on Writing

Stein on Writing

A Master Editor of Some of the Most Successful Writers of Our Century Shares His Craft Techniques and Strategies

Book - 1995
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Baker & Taylor
A practical guide for writers by a master editor who has worked with such figures as Dylan Thomas, James Baldwin, and Jack Higgins covers character development, speeding up the pace, applying the Actors Studio Method, and creating suspense and tension.

Blackwell North Amer
Stein on Writing provides immediately useful advice for all writers of fiction and nonfiction, whether they are newcomers or old hands, students or instructors, amateurs or professionals. As the always clear and direct Stein explains here, "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 bestsellers as well as from students' drafts, Stein offers detailed sections on characterization, dialogue, pacing, flashbacks, trimming away flabby wording, the so-called "triage" method of revision, using the techniques of fiction to enliven nonfiction, and more.

Publisher: New York : St. Martins Press, 1995.
ISBN: 9780312254216
Branch Call Number: 808.02 STE
Characteristics: xii, 308 p. ; 24 cm.


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Dec 27, 2016

I would rate this as an intermediate book on how to write fiction (the book also addresses non-fiction which I did not read). For someone just starting to learn the craft it delves more deeply into different aspects of the novel: characters, suspense, dialog, and plotting to name a few. It is generally easy to follow with real-world examples.

Jan 03, 2015

Read these other reviews and had to offer my two cents.
This is a good book on writing with some valuable tips.

Jul 28, 2014

Well, thats because no one can tell you exactely how to write your book. Ways and styles and ideas differ so much when it comes to writing that if you simply read and wait that someone tells you how to write your book, your wrong. Stein tries there to give you the first step, or options so you can create the first step yourself.
He tells you what colors and styles goes better together, what people are most likely to like.
I'm sorry you didn't liked it, but I do not think what he says there is so random. Explaining the craft or writing is quite complex, so I guess that you have to cut him some slack, because he did a really good job. What he wrote make sense. After all, he's a professional and have been doing this for years.

Feb 27, 2011

Not that easy a read, or all that helpful. For all his talk about setting and keeping a good pace to a novel, and keeping the reader hooked - didn't work for me.


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