Telling Lies For Fun And Profit
Characters refusing to talk? Plot plodding along? Where do good ideas come from anyway? In this wonderfully practical volume, two-time Edgar Award-winning novelist Lawrence Block takes an inside look at writing as a craft and as a career.
From studying the market, to mastering self-discipline and "creative procrastination," through coping with rejections, Telling Lies for F...more
Most of the time I see books on writing, they're by people I've never heard of and I pass them by. Stephen King's On Writing has been my favorite book on writing for years... but now he has competition.
I picked up this book because Lawrence Block has become one of my favorite writers in the past few years and because I felt like I have more in common with the esteemed Mr. Block than I do St ...more
The book sounded boring at first. The first few chapters had stuff like "Setting your Sights" (about how to "discover your options as a writer"), "Studying ...more
I would have appreciated more exercises in this book (especially since it started out in column format, I would have thought there was something that Block could have written at the end that would have been a basic exerci ...more
Block not only has the experience to write from – dozens of novels and plenty of awards – but he has that knack for teaching that makes reading this book such a delight. He also doesn’t hold back on the rough parts of the profession, but tells it to you straight.
Each of the chapters were first published in his fiction c ...more
This book will not tell you how to write the Great Am ...more
I knew I wasn't done with writing and that I would give it another try sometime, but it wasn't until I picked up Block's book of essays about writing that I decided it was time to write again. In friendly conversational style, Block gave me glimpses into a writer's world that seemed accessible and answered many of my questions be ...more
People like Lawrence Block.
TELLING LIES FOR FUN AND PROFIT is a quirky writing advice book as half of it deals with breaking the myths o ...more
This post might be more of interest to my writer friends or for folks who are thinking of starting a writing career. An author friend recommended a classic book entitled Telling Lies for Fun and Profit: A Manual for Fiction Writers by Lawrence Block. Block, who has written over 150 novels, leads us by the hand through the process of being a novel writer. If you’re loo ...more
So far I'm nearly to the 3rd section of the book which deals with writing as "Fiction as Craft," and my favorite secti ...more
Chuckle-out-loud funny in places and always engaging, this is a must-read for anyone with an interest in the craft of fiction writing.
One of my favorite quotes:
"Wodehouse rewrote intensively. He pinned pages of his current manuscript around the walls ...more
1. Telling Lies for Fun and Profit
2. Spider, Spin Me a Web
3. The Liar's Bible
4. The Liar's Companion
No subject is off limits for Block. From lofty questions (how do writers get their ideas?) to the mundane (how many pages should you write every day?) to the personal (how often should writers exercise? how should writers budget their money?), the ad ...more
Block's very easy to read. I like the fact that he is an unpoetic writer. There's very little I am tempted to skip.
He covers a lot of issues that writers deal with like naming characters, naming stories, working to a schedule, developing ideas, leaving ideas to stew in your subconscious until they're ready for the paper/computer screen.
Block writes a number of series and he has interesting things to s ...more
From his web site:
I'm told every good author website needs a bio, so here's mine:
"Lawrence Block's novels range from the urban noir of Matthew Scudder (A Drop of the Hard Stuff) to the urbane effervescence of Bernie Rhodenbarr (The Burglar on the Prowl), while other characters include the globe-trotting insomniac Evan Tanne ...more