Bill Gutman

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Bill Gutman is the author of more than two hundred books for both children and adults in a writing career that has spanned some five decades. His first book was an adult-level biography of former basketball star Pistol Pete Maravich, and since then he has written children's and young adult biographies and profiles of many prominent sports stars such as Michael Jordan, Tiger Woods, Shaquille O'Neal, Ken Griffey, Jr., Bo Jackson, Brett Favre and many others.

Some of his adult books include a biography of former football coach Bill Parcells, Parcells: A Biograpy; When the Cheering Stops, interviews with some 25 former baseball players from the 1940s through the 1960s on life after baseball; Won For All: The Inside Story of the New England Patr
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Bill Gutman Fortunately, I've never had a real case of writer's block. Guess I'm lucky in that respect. But whenever I've had a question of how to approach a…moreFortunately, I've never had a real case of writer's block. Guess I'm lucky in that respect. But whenever I've had a question of how to approach a portion of a book, whether it be a lead to a chapter or simply an important few paragraphs I'd just start writing. From that starting point you can begin reshaping or changing as you see fit. But this method always seemed to get me going again. (less)
Bill Gutman I guess the answer to this one is that you have to love writing as well as the creative process. Being that I've written both fiction and non-fiction,…moreI guess the answer to this one is that you have to love writing as well as the creative process. Being that I've written both fiction and non-fiction, I've enjoyed aspects of each. With non-fiction you learn through your research and with some projects get to interview interesting people. I'm writing period fiction now so it involves, in my case, researching the 1920s and New York City, an era I've always loved. And then you get to create characters and situations entirely from your imagination. With mysteries, I enjoy the plotting and creating the twists and turns that will keep the reader engaged and guessing. (less)
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Lance Armstrong: A Biography

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Michael Jordan: A Biography

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Parcells: A Biography

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Bo Jackson: A Biography

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Brett Favre: A Biography

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Venus & Serena: The Grand S...

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Tiger Woods: A Biography

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Shaquille Oneal: A Biography

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Pistol Pete Maravich: The M...

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What's In a Name? A Character That Lives

At the beginning of a short story, novella or novel, one of the first things a writer does is create characters. Every author goes about it differently. Some may model certain characters on a friend or relative, or someone else they have met or learned about along the way – even a public figure like an actor or politician. Many make themselves the primary source of a character's traits and acti... Read more of this blog post »
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“If I die tomorrow, next year or whenever it might be, I'll know I've had a great life.”
Bill Gutman, Magic, More Than a Legend: A Biography

“I just want to make it clear first of all that I do not have the AIDS disease. I plan on being here for a long time. Life is going to go on for me and I'm going to be a happy man. But sometimes you're a little naive and think 'it's not going to happen to me. It only happens to other people.' But here I am saying that it can happen to anybody. Even me, Magic Johnson.”
Bill Gutman, Magic, More Than a Legend: A Biography

“From what I've seen of (Larry) Bird, he's not just one bird. He's a whole flock!”
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