Stein on Writing by Sol Stein is a book every aspiring author should read and keep in their bookcase. I took my time working through this book because I wanted to absorb every bit of information and experience he passes along.
The book is akin to taking a semester long course with Sol Stein. You feel like he’s there imparting his wisdom every time you open the book. One of the most important things I took away from reading this book is that fiction evokes emotion. That can only be done by showing not telling. The writer’s job is to evoke the audiences’ emotions.
The book is divided into sections on fiction and nonfiction. I skipped the section on nonfiction because I don’t write that. Some of my favorite chapters were about: how to show instead of tell, flashbacks how to bring background into the foreground, suspense keeping the reader reading, and how to use all 6 of your senses. He uses terrific examples to highlight his points, but the book does not get bogged down in excerpts.
This is definitely one of my top 5 favorite books on writing. Thank you Sol Stein!