Solutions for Novelists
Secrets of a Master Editor
Writing a novel is the ambition of most novice writers yet it is one of the most complex crafts a writer can attempt. Following his highly acclaimed Solutions for Writers, a practical guide to essential techniques for fiction and non-fiction, Sol Stein will now teach how to overcome the common problems novelists encounter when learning their craft.
Using examples from the work of established bestselling writers, combined with detailed analysis, he reveals the secrets that can lift a piece of creative writing and that gives it the spell-binding quality that will enthral the reader.
Learn why a novel needs conflict between the characters, what makes a character compelling and a plot gripping; understand why dialogue should never mimic spoken conversation and how unnecessary words can slow down the narrative. All this and more is conveyed in entertaining, but practical, lessons that provide all the benefits of an individual tutorial with one of the world’s great editors.
“Creative writing courses up and down the country are jammed. But everything you need is in this wonderful volume… Stein is a fascinating guide and teacher. This should be required reading for all Booker prize judges and about 90% of published authors.”
“Having edited such luminaries as Dylan Thomas and James Baldwin and published several novels, veteran Sol Stein has put together a quirkily instructive guide… A companionable guide to what constitutes un/successful writing.”
“Plenty of how-to books are strong on theory – they explain the theory of writing arresting openings, of creating interesting characters and so forth – but Sol Stein’s strength is that he demonstrates these things in highly practical terms.”