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The Liar's Companion: A Field Guide for Fiction Writers

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A must-have collection of essays on the art and craft of fiction from Mystery Writers of America Grand Master Lawrence Block

For ten years, New York Times bestselling crime novelist Lawrence Block drew on the hard-won wisdom he gained creating over one hundred books to write a monthly column for Writer’s Digest. Collected here for the first time are writings that illuminate
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ebook, 110 pages
Published May 17th 2011 by Open Road Media (first published January 1st 2011)
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Vanessa Grant
This recently released treasure from award winning mystery author Lawrence Block is a welcome addition to my bookshelf. Like Block's previously published essays on writing, this book is drawn from the columns the author wrote during 10 years as a columnist for Writer's Digest magazine.

Block has a gift for casual gems of wisdom that stir my storytelling imagination.
Kat Davis
This book was alright. It's a compilation of articles regarding writing and publishing written mostly in the 1980s so it is somewhat dated. There is some good advice from a writing perspective but most people will find the publishing advice only vaguely useful considering the great move to self publishing and ebooks and goodness...the use of word processors, Scrivener etc.

I did become slightly annoyed at the month after month hype, plugging and use as an example for just about everything, of the
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Craig Childs
Mar 29, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Lawrence Block wrote a monthly column for Writer's Digest magazine for 14 years in the 1970's and 80's. They have all been collected now into 4 books:

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
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Jack
Apr 01, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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William
May 07, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Another excellent collection of Mr. Block's columns on the writing life.
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Lawrence Block has been writing crime, mystery, and suspense fiction for more than half a century. He has published in excess (oh, wretched excess!) of 100 books, and no end of short stories.

Born in Buffalo, N.Y., LB attended Antioch College, but left before completing his studies; school authorities advised him that they felt he’d be happier elsewhere, and he thought this was remarkably perceptiv
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