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

ISBN-10: 0312254210

ISBN-13: 9780312254216

Edition: 2009 (Revised)

Authors: Sol Stein

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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.
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Book details

List price: $17.99
Copyright year: 2009
Publisher: St. Martin's Press
Publication date: 1/25/2000
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 320
Size: 6.25" wide x 9.25" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 1.100
Language: English

Preface
The Essentials
The Writer's Job May Be Different Than You Think
Come Right In: First Sentences, First Paragraphs
Welcome to the Twentieth Century
Fiction
Competing with God: Making Fascinating People
Markers: The Key to Swift Characterization
Thwarting Desire: The Basics of Plotting
The Actors Studio Method for Developing Drama in Plots
The Crucible: A Key to Successful Plotting
Suspense: Keeping the Reader Reading
The Adrenaline Pump: Creating Tension
The Secrets of Good Dialogue
How to Show Instead of Tell
Choosing a Point of View
Flashbacks: How to Bring Background into the Foreground
The Keys to Credibility
The Secret Snapshot Technique: Reaching For Hidden Treasure
How to Use All Six of Your Senses
Love Scenes
Creating the Envelope
Fiction and Nonfiction
Amphetamines for Speeding Up Pace
Liposuctioning Flab
Tapping Your Originality
The Door to Your Book: Titles That Attract
Nonfiction
Using the Techniques of Fiction to Enhance Nonfiction
Conflict, Suspense, and Tension in Nonfiction
Quoting What They Say
Guts: The Decisive Ingredient
Literary Values in Fiction and Nonfiction
Commercial? Popular? Literary?
Particularity
Similes and Metaphors
Increasing the Effect on the Reader through Resonance
Revision
Triage: A Better Way of Revising Fiction
Reprieve: Revising Nonfiction
Where to Get Help
Where to Get Help
A Final Word
A Glossary of Terms Used by Writers and Editors
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