How To Grow A Novel: The Most Common Mistakes Writers Make and How to Overcome Them by Sol SteinHow To Grow A Novel: The Most Common Mistakes Writers Make and How to Overcome Them by Sol Stein

How To Grow A Novel: The Most Common Mistakes Writers Make and How to Overcome Them

bySol Stein

Paperback | March 20, 2002

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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.

Sol Stein is the author of several novels, including the million-copy bestseller The Magician. As an editor, his authors included James Baldwin, Jack Higgins, and many others. Stein has lectured widely on creative writing, and was given the Distinguished Instructor Award by the University of California at Irvine in 1993. His columns ap...
Title:How To Grow A Novel: The Most Common Mistakes Writers Make and How to Overcome ThemFormat:PaperbackPublished:March 20, 2002Publisher:St. Martin's PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0312267495

ISBN - 13:9780312267490

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Rated 3 out of 5 by from Helpful for beginners, but doesn't go into much detail How To Grow A Novel by Sol Stein is a great book that explains the necessary things for a novel to have. This includes: the necessity of a conflict, dialogues, point of view, action, making characters that seem real, precision of words, pace, creating scenes, revising etc. It’s a great book to help a writer to understand what readers will be looking for, since writers usually overlook that fact while trying to get all their words on paper. Only read this if you are planning to purchase Stein On Writing. If I condensed all of the helpful parts from the book together, without any unnecessary details, it would only make a few pages. It is great for beginner writers, who do not know what is necessary for a great story. What I did not like, however, was that Stein kept making references to his other book, Stein On Writing, and kept telling what great techniques would be included in it to help with your writing. Also, there were many unnecessary experiences of his own that he included. Overall, it’s a good read that will help a writer to understand their own mistakes, by knowing what the reader is looking for. 3/5
Date published: 2008-12-10

Editorial Reviews

"[Stein] shares what he has learned from his extensive experience in the fields of writing and publishing. This book stands apart from the wide field of instructional writing books by putting the writer's focus on the reader. Highly recommnded." -Library Journal

"Stein is a fascinating guide and teacher. This should be required reading [for] 90 percent of published authors . . . Wonderful." -The Daily Mail (London)