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Excellent advice and many examples for better writingStein is an author editor and publisher His advice is geared toward fiction with some thoughts for nonfiction I am a reader and reviewer of books not a writer I have strong likes and dislikes about books I ve read I m reading some how to write books to see if I agree with the experts I m delighted to say that writers who follow Stein s advice will very likely make me happy when reading their books I am liberal than Stein in two areas the first three pages of a book and his fifth commandment Scenes that end prematurely are a subject Stein did not discuss but I believe he would agree with meADJECTIVES ADVERBS FLABFor a while now I have been confused when I hear people say cut adverbs I ve loved some colorful writing that adverbs produce I made a list of wonderful sentences with adverbs written by JK Rowling John Grisham and Georgette Heyer I recently read three Hemingway short stories and noticed a lot of adjectives and adverbs in two of them That intrigued me because he is famous for concise writing Stein is the first expert who explains this subject to my satisfaction Although he recommends cutting most adjectives and adverbs he gives examples showing when they are valuable I like his view Stein and I both like the following paragraph which is full of adjectives and adverbs Although a novel filled with this should probably be labeled poetry rather than fiction Still it shows the emotional and sensual ability of adjectives and adverbs Stein calls it a nearly perfect paragraph It was written by a student of his Linda Katmarian Weeds and the low hanging branches of unpruned trees swooshed and thumped against the car while gravel popped loudly under the car s tires As the car bumped along a flock of startled blackbirds exploded out of the brush For a moment they fluttered and swirled about like pieces of charred paper in the draft of a flame and then were gone Elizabeth blinked The mind could play such tricks Stein says She s breaking rules Adjectives and adverbs which normally should be cut are all over the place They re used to wonderful effect because she uses the particular sound of words the low hanging branches swooshed and thumped against the car Gravel popped Startled blackbirds exploded out of the brush They fluttered and swirled We experience the road the car is on because the car bumped along What a wonderful image The birds fluttered and swirled about like pieces of charred paper in the draft of a flame And it all comes together in the perception of the character Elizabeth blinked The mind could play such tricks Many published writers would like to have written a paragraph that good That nearly perfect paragraph was Another example Stein does not like the sentence What a lovely colorful garden Lovely is too vague Colorful is specific therefore better but lovely and colorful don t draw us in because we expect a garden to be lovely or colorful There are several curiosity provoking adjectives you might use If we hear that a garden is curious strange eerie remarkable or bizarre we want to know why An adjective that piues the reader s curiosity helps move the story alongStein says when you have two adjectives together with one noun you should almost always delete one of the adjectives He also recommends eliminating the following words which he calls flab had very uite poor unless talking of poverty however almost entire successive respective perhaps always and there is Other words can be flab as wellPARTICULARITY attentiveness to detailI love the following comparison You have an envelope He put one down in front of her This exchange is void of particularity Here s how the transaction was described by John LeCarre You have a suitable envelope Of course you have Envelopes were in the third drawer of his desk left side He selected a yellow one A4 size and guided it across the desk but she let it lie there Those particularities ordinary as they seem help make what she is going to put into the envelope important The extra words are not wasted because they make the experience possible and credible My favorite part Of course you have FLASHBACKS AND SCENES THAT END PREMATURELYStein discourages flashbacks He says they break the reading experience They pull the reader out of the story to tell what happened earlier Yay I agree I don t like them eitherI don t recall Stein discussing ending scenes prematurely but I think or hope he would agree with me that they also break the reading experience For example Mary walks into a room hears a noise and is hit The next sentence is about another character in another place Many authors do this to create artificial suspense It makes me angry and my anger takes me out of the story because I m thinking about the author instead of the characters You can have great suspense without doing this Stein says The Day of the Jackal is famous for use of suspense The scenes in that book have natural endingsFIRST THREE PAGES OF A BOOK MAY NOT BE AS CRITICAL AS THEY USED TO BEStein said a book must grab the reader in the first three pages or they won t buy the book This was based on studies watching customers in book stores They looked at the jacket and then the first one to three pages They either put it back or bought it I think the internet changed things by providing customer reviews I buy around 280 books a year I never buy a book based on the first three pages My decision to buy is based on customer reviews andor book jacket summaries I suppose the first three pages might still be important for customers in physical stores like Barnes Noble and Walmart But today we have books that become best sellers as ebooks and subseuently are published in paperback for example Fifty Shades of Grey Bloggers and reviewers spread the word not bookstore visitorsSTEIN S TEN COMMANDMENTS FOR WRITERSI ve edited for brevity and to remove thou shalt s 1 Do not sprinkle characters into a preconceived plot In the beginning was the character I like this but I also think Stephen King has a good idea something to try He creates a situation first then the characters and last the plot2 Imbue your heroes with faults and your villains with charm For it is the faults of the hero that bring forth his life just as the charm of the villain is the honey with which he lures the innocent3 Your characters should steal kill dishonor their parents bear false witness and covet their neighbor s house wife man servant maid servant and ox For readers crave such actions and yawn when your characters are meek innocent forgiving and peaceable I love this4 Avoid abstractions for readers like lovers are attracted by particularity5 Do not mutter whisper blurt bellow or scream Stein prefers using he said I m not sure about this one I like hearing these words Maybe in moderation6 Infect your reader with anxiety stress and tension for those conditions that he deplores in life he relishes in fiction7 Language shall be precise clear and bear the wings of angels for anything less is the province of businessmen and academics and not of writers I assume this includes cutting adjectives adverbs and flab but keep the good ones8 Thou shalt have no rest on the sabbath for thy characters shall live in thy mind and memory now and forever I m not sure how this is advice to writers9 Dialogue directness diminishes obliueness sings10 Do not vent your emotions onto the reader Your duty is to evoke the reader s emotionsOTHER IDEASDo not write about wimps People who seem like other people are boring Ordinary people are boringCut cliches Say it new or say it straightIf not clear who is speaking put George said before the statement If it is clear put George said after or eliminate George said Don t use strange spellings to convey dialect or accentsNARRATORChristopher Lane is excellentDATAUnabridged audiobook reading time 11 hrs and 16 mins Swearing language one instance of the word s as I recall Sexual content none Book copyright 1995 Genre nonfiction how to write

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

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

Free download Ó Stein on Writing A Master Editor of Some of the Most Successful Writers of Our Century Shares His Craft Techniues and Strategies ï PDF, eBook or Kindle ePUB Free read Stein on Writing A Master Editor of Some of the Most Successful Writers of Our Century Shares His Craft Techniues and Strategies 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. If you can slog through the Stein ego and attitude there are some useful things here But it s hard not to uestion a self titled master editor on his editorial skills when he sees no problem with uoting his own fiction as masterfully written and obvious models for all of us And his students fiction too At best these examples are uninspiring at worst they are actively horrible So my main uestion is why would you do that when you have thousands of years of perfectly marvelous literature to choose from I don t know But since this is a book and you are sitting in the uiet comfort of your home or the park or whathaveyou and you are not trapped in the kitchen at a party in Williamsburg by a tall craggy aging jerk who has pinpointed you as the kind of young lady moved by ideas you can dodge and skip past Stein s ridiculous moments and scan for useful suggestions of which there are a few If you actually are at that party I suggest you feign an urgency to urinate and slip out the door ASAP Eden 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. If you can slog through the Stein ego and attitude there are some Cognitive Behavioral Treatment of Borderline Personality Disorder useful things here But it s hard not to Dissertatio cum Nuncio sidereoDiscussion avec le messager céleste ; Narratio de observatis Jovis satellitibusRapport sur l'observation des satellites de Jupiter Science et humanisme uestion a self titled master editor on his editorial skills when he sees no problem with Triptyk uoting his own fiction as masterfully written and obvious models for all of Flashpoint us And his students fiction too At best these examples are Passaconaway in the White Mountains uninspiring at worst they are actively horrible So my main Understanding The Catcher in the RyeA Student Casebook to Issues Sources and Historical Documents uestion is why would you do that when you have thousands of years of perfectly marvelous literature to choose from I don t know But since this is a book and you are sitting in the The Color of Our Sky uiet comfort of your home or the park or whathaveyou and you are not trapped in the kitchen at a party in Williamsburg by a tall craggy aging jerk who has pinpointed you as the kind of young lady moved by ideas you can dodge and skip past Stein s ridiculous moments and scan for Stanley Gibbons' Guide to Stamp Collecting useful suggestions of which there are a few If you actually are at that party I suggest you feign an Germany in the Early Middle Ages 476 1250 urgency to Marxism and Law Marxist Introductions urinate and slip out the door ASAP

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Free download Ó Stein on Writing A Master Editor of Some of the Most Successful Writers of Our Century Shares His Craft Techniues and Strategies ï PDF, eBook or Kindle ePUB Free read Stein on Writing A Master Editor of Some of the Most Successful Writers of Our Century Shares His Craft Techniues and Strategies 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 techniues of fiction to enliven nonfiction and. Impossible to disagree with the advice on there I did not warm up immediately to the writer s persona in the book though I think sometimes the manipulator in the writer needs to leave place to the believer All the advice is great nonetheless Points taken

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  • Stein on Writing A Master Editor of Some of the Most Successful Writers of Our Century Shares His Craft Techniues and Strategies
  • Sol Stein
  • English
  • 03 August 2020
  • 9780312254216