Sol Stein's Reference Book for Writers

Part 1: Writing, Part 2: Publishing

Sol Stein

St. Martin's Griffin

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As a master editor, publisher, novelist, and writing instructor, Sol Stein knows what writers face when they sit down before a blank page. This invaluable guide provides quick and handy A–Z reference help for common and more complicated questions: writer’s block, writing a difficult scene, preparing a manuscript for publication or submission, plotting, developing a character, and dozens of other topics, listed alphabetically in the table of contents. Stein enables writers to maintain their creative momentum by immediately returning to a manuscript in progress after finding the solution in this book. The book also includes a section on publishing, which details the publishing process and explains the terms all writers need to know. Packed with insight, anecdotes, and specific information, this guide is a must-have reference on the shelves of aspiring and published authors as well as publishing professionals.

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PART 1: WRITING
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Action
An action in fiction is a forward movement of the story that doesn't necessarily involve physical activity. In fiction a surprising or strongly worded or decisive thought can be an action. For instance, if the leading character decides she must investigate something—why a door that is always kept closed is open or why her husband is coming home later and later— those thoughts are actions. Action can be slamming a door, refusing to make a loan, moving a crucial chess piece, going somewhere unexpected, anything that involves significant change.

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Sol Stein

SOL STEIN has edited the work of such major writers as James Baldwin, Jack Higgins, David Frost, and Elia Kazan, and founded the publishing house Stein & Day. He has taught creative writing at Columbia, Iowa, and the University of California at Irvine, which presented him with the Distinguished Instructor Award in 1993. He is the author of nine novels, including the million-copy seller The Magician. He is also the author of the much-acclaimed Stein on Writing and How to Grow a Novel, both published by St. Martin’s Griffin.

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Sol Stein's Reference Book for Writers
Part 1: Writing, Part 2: Publishing
Sol Stein

Trade Paperback

Trade Paperback
St. Martin's Press
St. Martin's Griffin
November 2010
Trade Paperback
ISBN: 9780312550950
ISBN10: 0312550952
6 1/8 x 9 1/4 inches, 288 pages
$19.99
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