Stein On Writing

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

Author: Sol Stein

Publisher: St. Martin's Press

ISBN: 1466864990

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 320

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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.
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Stein On Writing

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

Author: Sol Stein

Publisher: Macmillan

ISBN: 9780312254216

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 320

View: 7143

Professional secrets from a renowned editor, prize-winning author, and award-winning instructor make this book the #1 practical choice for fiction and nonfiction writers of all levels of experience.
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Stein On Writing

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

Author: Sol Stein

Publisher: Macmillan

ISBN: 9780312136086

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 308

View: 2076

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.
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How to Grow a Novel

The Most Common Mistakes Writers Make and How to Overcome Them

Author: Sol Stein

Publisher: St. Martin's Press

ISBN: 1466865008

Category: Reference

Page: 288

View: 630

Each year thousands of fiction writers, from beginners to bestselling author, benefit from Sol Stein's sold-out workshops, featured appearances at writers' conferences, software for writers, on-line columns, and his popular first book for writers, Stein on Writing. Stein practices what he teaches: He is the author of nine novels, including the million-copy bestseller The Magician, as well as editor of such major writers as James Baldwin, Jack Higgins, Elia Kazan, Budd Schulberg, W. H. Auden, and Jacques Barzun, and the teacher and editor of several current bestselling authors. What sets Stein apart is his practical approach. He provides specific techniques that speed writers to successful publication. How to Grow a Novel is not just a book, but an invaluable workshop in print. It includes details and examples from Stein's editorial work with a #1 bestselling novelist as well as talented newcomers. Stein takes the reader backstage in the development of memorable characters and fascinating plots. The chapter on dialogue overflows with solutions for short-story writers, novelists, screenwriters, and playwrights. Stein shows what readers are looking for-- and what they avoid-- in the experience of reading fiction. The book offers guidelines-- and warnings-- of special value for nonfiction writers who want to move into fiction. Stein points to the little, often overlooked things that damage the writer's authority without the writer knowing it. And this book, like no other writing book, takes the reader behind the scenes of the publishing business as it affects writers of every level of experience, revealing the hard truths that are kept behind shut doors.
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Lessons from a Lifetime of Writing

A Novelist Looks at His Craft

Author: David Morrell

Publisher: Writer's Digest Books

ISBN: 9781582972701

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 243

View: 8873

The best-selling novelist provides an insider's glimpse of the art of writing that traces the diverse steps in the process of creating a novel or story, from initial idea, through the research process, to the finished product, and offers helpful advice on how to get published, the business of writing, and more. Original. 10,000 first printing.
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Techniques of the Selling Writer

Author: Dwight V. Swain

Publisher: University of Oklahoma Press

ISBN: 0806186674

Category: Reference

Page: 344

View: 5313

Techniques of the Selling Writer provides solid instruction for people who want to write and sell fiction, not just to talk and study about it. It gives the background, insights, and specific procedures needed by all beginning writers. Here one can learn how to group words into copy that moves, movement into scenes, and scenes into stories; how to develop characters, how to revise and polish, and finally, how to sell the product. No one can teach talent, but the practical skills of the professional writer's craft can certainly be taught. The correct and imaginative use of these kills can shorten any beginner's apprenticeship by years. This is the book for writers who want to turn rejection slips into cashable checks.
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Solutions for Writers

Practical Craft Techniques for Fiction and Non-fiction

Author: Sol Stein

Publisher: Souvenir Press

ISBN: 9780285635258

Category: Authorship

Page: 310

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Aimed at writers of all standards, this book presents practical guidance on how to create interesting pieces of writing. Sol Stein''s book includes advice on how to use techniques of fiction to enhance works of non-fiction.'
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Writing for Children and Teens

Author: Cynthea Liu

Publisher: Pivotal Publishing

ISBN: 1605301140

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 128

View: 6907

Nowhere will you find a more comprehensive, current, and detailed writing course designed specifically for writing children and teen books, written by an author who is in the field today. WRITING FOR CHILDREN AND TEENS: A CRASH COURSE is a ten-step course that relays all the nitty-gritty details of the business, beginning with how to evaluate your book idea all the way to pitching your book to editors and agents. Within each step, you'll find clear and specific information covering topics such as the children's book market, manuscript format, revision tips, finding the right agent or publisher, submission etiquette, and common faux pas writers make. This book will even tell you what kind of paper you should use and exactly how you should write your letters to editors and agents. Bonus materials include templates for all of your submission needs as well as examples of real-life editorial letters sent to authors from editors today. You will get a complete inside peak to the children's fiction writing market for those who want to write picture books, easy readers, chapter books, and middle grade or teen novels.
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Writing for the Soul

Instruction and Advice from an Extraordinary Writing Life

Author: Jerry Jenkins

Publisher: Writer's Digest Books

ISBN: 9781582974170

Category: Reference

Page: 250

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In Writing for the Soul, best-selling author Jerry B. Jenkins takes you on a personal and inspiring journey, imparting experience and wisdom gained from his impressive writing career. Unknown in his early days, Jenkins persisted in his passion to write, and his story reveals the rewards that can come to writers who put in the hard work and keep their priorities straight. Jenkins shares the honest and straightforward truth about how to find writing success and why the journey is a continuous one. With heartfelt advice and intimate anecdotes that will satisfy writers and fans, Jenkins discusses: the skills and abilities required to build an exciting career breaking into the industry through reporting and writing for small markets establishing and maintaining a professional image how even experienced writers should continue to learn and grow (including Jenkins himself) Writing for the Soul is filled with Jenkins' autobiographical stories - including many of the famous people he's written about - and the lessons he's learned from his decades of experience in the writing and publishing world.
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On Writing

Author: Stephen King

Publisher: Simon and Schuster

ISBN: 0743455967

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 297

View: 1712

The author shares his insights into the craft of writing and offers a humorous perspective on his own experience as a writer.
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Sol Stein's Reference Book for Writers

Part 1: Writing, Part 2: Publishing

Author: Sol Stein

Publisher: St. Martin's Griffin

ISBN: 9780312550950

Category: Reference

Page: 288

View: 3519

As a master editor, publisher, novelist, and writing instructor, Sol Stein knows what writers face when they sit down before a blank page. This invaluable guide provides quick and handy A-Z reference help for common and more complicated questions: writer's block, writing a difficult scene, preparing a manuscript for publication or submission, plotting, developing a character, and dozens of other topics, listed alphabetically in the table of contents. Stein enables writers to maintain their creative momentum by immediately returning to a manuscript in progress after finding the solution in this book. The book also includes a section on publishing, which details the publishing process and explains the terms all writers need to know. Packed with insight, anecdotes, and specific information, this guide is a must-have reference on the shelves of aspiring and published authors as well as publishing professionals.
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The Book on Writing

The Ultimate Guide to Writing Well

Author: Paula LaRocque

Publisher: Marion Street Press

ISBN: 1933338946

Category: Authorship

Page: 240

View: 8940

Teaches the elements of good writing through the use of essential guidelines, literary techniques, and proper writing mechanics.
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Advanced Writing

Fiction and Film

Author: Wells Earl Draughon

Publisher: iUniverse

ISBN: 059528311X

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 308

View: 9696

Reader and audience appeal, global constraints, large-scale desiderata, dynamics, consummation scenes, characters, relationships, structure, embodiment, voice, the line level. Developing and testing a theory of writing. Discusses such topics as originality, credibility, contrivance, crudeness, monotony, repetition. Story appeal, story impact. Threat, hope, need to know, tension and pace. Character realization, character identification, character appeal, repellant characters, character change, character and dynamics, a group as a character. The reality of relationships, the identity of relationships, the appeal of relationships, relationships and dynamics. Architecture, design, types of structure, sequential structuring, story steps, the set-up, openings, endings. Embodiment, scene appeal, scene impact. Micro-dynamics. Point of view. Voice. Showing, telling and doing. Setting. Titles. Comedy.
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The Magician

Author: Sol Stein

Publisher: Untreed Reads

ISBN: 1611875536

Category: Fiction

Page: 175

View: 7347

Over 2 million copies sold in print, and now available in digital format for the first time! At their big prom, Ed Japhet scares the wits out of the attendees with his fantastic and dangerous feats of magic. Then when the young man and his girlfriend leave, they see four figures sitting inside his father's car, one with a chain around his fist. That's only the beginning of this story of a screwed-up justice system and a high-school student who decides to use his magic tricks to stop a tough gang of extortionists from bothering him and his girl. The New York Times says, "I cannot recall a gripping novel of this type with greater pleasure." The Library Journal declares, "A shark-like bite that won't be easily forgotten. Fast moving, incisive, angry, fine, and dramatic!" First published in 1971, this literary thriller shows off the masterful storytelling skills of its legendary author, Sol Stein.
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Will Write for Food

The Complete Guide to Writing Cookbooks, Blogs, Memoir, Recipes, and More

Author: Dianne Jacob

Publisher: Da Capo Lifelong Books

ISBN: 0738218065

Category: Cooking

Page: 352

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For more than 15 years, writing coach, editor, and blogger Dianne Jacob has taught food lovers how to take their passion from the plate to the page. Now, Jacob has revised and updated her award-winning guide. Whether you've been writing for years or are just starting out, Will Write for Food offers what you need to know to succeed and thrive, including: - A new chapter dedicated to making an income from food writing - Updated information about self-publishing and cookbook production - Tips on creating and sustaining an irresistible blog with gorgeous photos - The keys to successful freelancing and reviewing - Advice from award-winning writers, editors, and agents - Engaging, fun writing exercises to get the juices flowing
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A Novel Idea

Best Advice on Writing Inspirational Fiction

Author: Kathryn S. Olson,Caleb Sjogren,Erin E. Smith

Publisher: Tyndale House Publishers, Inc.

ISBN: 1414329946

Category: Reference

Page: 320

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Best-selling Christian fiction writers have teamed together to contribute articles on the craft of writing. A Novel Idea contains tips on brainstorming ideas and crafting and marketing a novel. It explains what makes a Christian novel “Christian” and offers tips on how to approach tough topics. Contributors include Jerry B. Jenkins, Karen Kingsbury, Francine Rivers, and many other beloved authors. All proceeds will benefit MAI, an organization that teaches writing internationally to help provide literature that is culturally relevant.
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The Big Book of Literacy Tasks, Grades K-8

75 Balanced Literacy Activities Students Do (Not You!)

Author: Nancy Akhavan

Publisher: Corwin Press

ISBN: 1544321929

Category: Education

Page: 216

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The Comprehensive Handbook for Scaffolding Students’ Literacy Growth Our readers and writers must “do the doing” if they are to succeed. In The Big Book of Literacy Tasks, Nancy Akhavan offers an instructional plan designed to yield independent effort and engagement. 75 tasks in beautiful full-color two-pagers ensure gradual release by moving more swiftly from the “I do” teacher phase to the “you do” student phase. Complete with amazing scaffolding tips for meeting the needs of a range of learners, The Big Book of Literacy Tasks gives you a clear framework for “working the minds” of your students, helping them forge their own path to becoming better readers and writers.
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Secret Keeping for Beginners

Author: Maggie Alderson

Publisher: HarperCollins

ISBN: 1460703014

Category: Fiction

Page: 480

View: 870

Even the closest families have secrets ... it's when they are shared that things begin to change. The lives of three very different sisters collide in this witty new novel from bestselling author Maggie Alderson. Recently divorced Rachel is juggling her new dream job in interior design PR with the demands of two young daughters. She's full of creative ideas but -- even with a colourful childminder or two -- some days she can't make it into the office in time and in matching shoes. Her life is balanced more precariously than she cares to admit. Tessa, a talented muralist, is feeling flat. Her kids are growing up and she's feeling upstaged by her husband's new-found celebrity as the host of a reality TV fireplace restoration show. But everything turns on its head when she gets a surprise from her past. Youngest sister Natasha leads a glamorous jet-setting life -- she's one of Vogue's favourite make-up artists who regularly creates the looks for the biggest shows in Paris and Milan. Single and childless, she's been focused on her career -- but when the lie she's concealed for years threatens to come to light, the truth will make her question everything. Meanwhile their mother, Joy, a hippy vegetarian caterer, is carefully ignoring the letters that keep arriving at her door. Into the mix comes Simon, Rachel's urbane boss, hiding secrets of his own. And everything lurking beneath the surface of this seemingly happy family is about to come out ...
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Sheer Mischief

Author: Jill Mansell

Publisher: Sourcebooks, Inc.

ISBN: 1492632465

Category: Fiction

Page: 432

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Dive into summer with this delightful tale of sisterhood from international bestselling author Jill Mansell! It's not that Janey Sinclair isn't pleased to see her sister... It's just that being woken at 7:00 a.m. by Maxine, complete with police escort, isn't quite how she'd planned to spend her Sunday. Even so, Janey, who's trying to rebuild her life after her husband disappeared, is delighted to have her sister back home with her. That is, until Maxine sets her sights on an impossibly glamorous fashion photographer, and Janey knows there's no limit to the mischief her sister will create to dispatch her rivals. Little do they both know that the competition is a lot closer to home than either of them realizes... What People Are Saying About Jill Mansell: "Ms. Mansell's books are must-reads." —Night Owl Reviews Top Pick! for Meet Me at Beachcomber Bay, 5 stars "Full of the kind of joy that Mansell's readers have come to savor." —RT Book Reviews for The Unexpected Consequences of Love, 4 stars "Captivating... The story absolutely bubbles with life...superb entertainment." —The Long and Short of It for Perfect Timing "Filled with wit, warmth, and wonder." —Publishers Weekly for Three Amazing Things About You
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On Writing Well, 30th Anniversary Edition

The Classic Guide to Writing Nonfiction

Author: William Zinsser

Publisher: Harper Collins

ISBN: 0060891548

Category: Reference

Page: 336

View: 9812

On Writing Well has been praised for its sound advice, its clarity and the warmth of its style. It is a book for everybody who wants to learn how to write or who needs to do some writing to get through the day, as almost everybody does in the age of e-mail and the Internet. Whether you want to write about people or places, science and technology, business, sports, the arts or about yourself in the increasingly popular memoir genre, On Writing Well offers you fundamental priciples as well as the insights of a distinguished writer and teacher. With more than a million copies sole, this volume has stood the test of time and remains a valuable resource for writers and would-be writers.
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