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Solutions For Writers

4.14  ·  Rating Details ·  59 Ratings  ·  5 Reviews
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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Published August 1st 1999 by Souvenir Press (first published May 21st 1998)
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Thomas Edmund
Jul 13, 2012 Thomas Edmund rated it it was amazing
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For a long time I've been firmly in the camp of 'How Not to Write a Novel' in the argument that even in a life and death situation, there is no consensus on how to write a good novel, only agreement on what NOT to do.


However, in Solutions for Writers, stein offers a course in fiction (and a little non-fiction) writing and what 'to do' when writing. Chapter by chapter Stein covers pretty much covers all the basics of writing from characters to clichés.

Stein is a little light on the specifics of p
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Naomi
Sep 26, 2015 Naomi rated it liked it
More a 3 1/2 star rating.

Some excellent tips, but Stein's ego makes this an unpleasant read in places.

He unashamedly uses his own writing as the standard every writer should aim for (and some of his own work makes me cringe, particularly his racial stereotypes). He sneers at writers of "transient fiction" (sometimes calling them out by name) and *constantly* name-drops writers like James Baldwin and Elia Kazan.

I hate name-droppers. And so does my good friend, Brad Pitt.

If you can get past all
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Zoe
Jun 10, 2012 Zoe rated it it was amazing
I've been working with writers for over 20 years, as an editor and a book doctor. Solutions for Writers is my most recommended book in terms of nuts and bolts solutions to the problems newer writers face when they're learning their craft. Nancy Kress comes a close second, but as a starting point, Sol Stein can't be beaten in my opinion.
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Born in Chicago on October 13, 1926, Stein is the son of Louis Stein and Zelda Zam Stein. The family moved to New York in 1930. In 1941, while living in the Bronx, Stein wrote his first book, "Magic Maestro Please," followed shortly by "Patriotic Magic." Stein attended DeWitt Clinton High School, where he served on the Magpie literary magazine with Richard Avedon and James Baldwin.[1] He graduated ...more
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