Stein On Writing: A Master Editor of Some of the Most Successful Writers of Our Century Shares His Craft Techniques and Strategies 1st Edition
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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
- Item Weight : 13.1 ounces
- Paperback : 320 pages
- ISBN-10 : 0312254210
- ISBN-13 : 978-0312254216
- Product Dimensions : 6.24 x 0.87 x 9.34 inches
- Publisher : St. Martin's Griffin; 1st Edition (January 25, 2000)
- Language: : English
- Best Sellers Rank: #47,168 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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As someone who received hundreds of ARCs at Book Expo America I was astounded by the SAMENESS and MEDIOCRITY of 80 percent of what gets -- so difficultly -- published. I often had bags of books and nothing I would like to read., all coming from big publishers.
In fact, I was scribbling and highlighting like a nine year old within minutes of cracking the paperback.
Biggest Take away? His description on SHOW ME DON'T TELL ME is the best I have read to date.
Are you a writer? Then, stop what you're doing, and order this book today. It will open your eyes and mind in a fresh way. Oh, before you think I'm an exaggerator, let me say that there are a few spots where I glazed over and started skimming. But that was because he was making a point, telling you the point he was going to make, then made, and reiterated the point he had made.
All in all, it's a swell, engaging and rapid read that's chock full of useful insight. It's a Must Have for any author!
Stein On Writing: A Master Editor of Some of the Most Successful Writers of Our Century Shares His Craft Techniques and Strategies
Author's qualifications? He had his own publishing company for decades, and he edited and published some of the greatest novels of the 20th century. When he finally turned to writing his own fiction, every title he put out was acclaimed and a best seller. There are no better qualifications than that for being a writing coach. If you've always wanted to try your hand at writing, this book will help you get up from the couch and sitting at your desk instead.
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This is not a book about grammar but about style and making an emotional impact with the reader. It makes you reconsider every word you wrote and motivates you to make it sparkle.
I've read many books on writing, but if I could keep just one, this would be it.
I particularly like the chapter that covers the differences between literary fiction and commercial reads. I also like the fact that he gives suggestions and then an example, allowing you to see the effects of his techniques.