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

Sol Stein
Published in 1999
by St. Martin’s Griffin

How to Grow a Novel is a comprehensive guide for writers seeking practical advice on the nuts and bolts—as well as integral but often overlooked craft elements—that go into writing fiction. Sol Stein, who died in 2019, shares indispensable insights and specific techniques and examples gained from decades of writing novels and plays, and editing the work of authors such as W. H. Auden, James Baldwin, Elia Kazan, George Orwell, Lionel Trilling, and Simone Weil.