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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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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.'

30 review for Solutions for Writers: Practical Craft Techniques for Fiction and Non-fiction

  1. 5 out of 5

    Thomas Edmund

    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 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 plotting and scene building, as the focus of this book is general. He also heaps much scathe on commercial (he calls it transient) fiction, but nonetheless teaches the skills needed for both 'popular' and 'literary' fiction even if his preference is overt.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Zoe

    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.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Joe Stamber

    Solutions for Writers includes a lot of advice for both fiction and non-fiction writers, although the emphasis is on fiction. Some of the advice can be applied to both. The book is divided into chapters covering different aspects of writing, from opening sentences to revision. Each chapter includes relevant samples from real-life authors, which go a long way to explaining Sol Stein's points. The advice in Solutions for Writers is how to improve your writing, rather than how to get started or a s Solutions for Writers includes a lot of advice for both fiction and non-fiction writers, although the emphasis is on fiction. Some of the advice can be applied to both. The book is divided into chapters covering different aspects of writing, from opening sentences to revision. Each chapter includes relevant samples from real-life authors, which go a long way to explaining Sol Stein's points. The advice in Solutions for Writers is how to improve your writing, rather than how to get started or a specific area. It was written in a style that I found easy to read and (almost) everything made sense to me. Sol Stein's advice and use of examples to illustrate everything make this an informative and useful book for anyone wishing to improve their writing.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Simon J. Wood

    In my humble opinion, THE 'go to' book for general writing advice, whether fiction or non-fiction. Sol has worked with the best in the business and selflessly passes on his hard-earned recommendations. A great jumping-off point for more detailed advice covered elsewhere but complete in itself. I have the print edition, the kindle edition and the audiobook. Each catch one's attention and inform/enthuse in a different way.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Naomi

    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 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 that, it's a good practical tool for writers.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Allan Fisher

    Sol Stein has a great way of guiding the student of creative writing...

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    Cecilia Dunbar Hernandez

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    Maria (M.J) Hyland

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    Hugh Rawson

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    Dan Burns

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    Andrew Chamberlain

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    Nicole Amsler

  30. 5 out of 5

    A.D. Garrett

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