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978-0-312-13608-6 / 0312136080

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

by Sol Stein

Publisher:St. Martin's Press

Edition:Hardcover

Language:English

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"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

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