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Telling Lies for Fun  Profit by Lawrence Block
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Sep 25, 2011

it was amazing
bookshelves: writers-resources, favorite-authors
Recommended for: writers, prospective writers
Read 2 times. Last read January 1, 1981.

I read Telling Lies for Fun and Profit in the early 1980s, a couple of years after I'd decided to put aside my attempts to write a publishable fiction novel for a while.

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 before I'd even asked them. Can you name real places in a novel? What about using a pseudonym? With practical musings on a host of subjects, Block's ramble through the territory of writing gave me an inside view that told me it was time to pick up my dream of being a novelist and dust it off. The result was my first published novel, Pacific Disturbance.

Thanks, Lawrence Block, for giving writers a hand!
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January 1, 1981 – Finished Reading
September 25, 2011 – Shelved
September 25, 2011 – Shelved as: writers-resources
September 25, 2011 – Shelved as: favorite-authors

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