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.

McMillan Palgrave
Your future as a writer is in your hands. Whether you are a newcomer or an accomplished professional, a novelist, story writer, or a writer of nonfiction, you will find this book a wealth of immediately useful guidance not available anywhere else. As Sol Stein, renowned editor, author, and instructor, explains, "This is not a book of theory. It is a book of useable solutions-- how to fix writing that is flawed, how to improve writing that is good, how to create interesting writing in the first place."

You will find one of the great unspoken secrets of craftsmanship in Chapter 5, called "Markers: The Key to Swift Characterization." In Chapter 7, Stein reveals for he first time in print the wonderful system for creating instant conflict developed in the Playwrights Group of the Actors Studio, of which he was a founder. In "Secrets of Good Dialogue," the premier teacher of dialogue gives you the instantly useable techniques that not only make verbal exchanges exciting but that move the story forward immediately. You won't need to struggle with flashbacks or background material after you've read Chapter 14, which shows you how to bring background into the foreground.

Writers of both fiction and nonfiction will relish the amphetamines for speeding up pace, and the many ways to liposuction flab, as well as how to tap originality and recognize what successful titles have in common. You'll discover literary values that enhance writing, providing depth and resonance. You'll bless the day you read Chapters 32 and 33 and discover why revising by starting at page one can be a serious mistake, and how to revise without growing cold on your manuscript.

In the pages of this book, nonfiction writers will find a passport to the new revolution in journalism and a guide to using the techniques of fiction to enhance nonfiction. Fresh, useful, informative, and fun to read and reread, Stein on Writing is a book you will mark up, dog-ear, and cherish.


Blackwell North Amer
Your future as a writer is in your hands. Whether you are a newcomer or an accomplished professional, a novelist, story writer, or a writer of nonfiction, you will find in this book a wealth of immediately useful guidance not available anywhere else. As Sol Stein, renowned editor, author, and instructor, explains, "This is not a book of theory. It is a book of useable solutions - how to fix writing that is flawed, how to improve writing that is good, how to create interesting writing in the first place."

Baker
& Taylor

A practical guide for writers covers character development, speeding up the pace, applying the Actors Studio Method, and creating suspense and tension

Publisher: New York : St. Martins Press, 1995.
ISBN: 9780312136086
0312136080
9780312254216
Branch Call Number: 808.02 STE
Characteristics: xii, 308 p. ; 24 cm.

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tjrieck
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.

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LukeEide1
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.

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Emiliestannard
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.

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ravensview
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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