Telling Lies for Fun & Profit

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Author: Lawrence Block

Publisher: Harper Collins

ISBN: 006175529X

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 256

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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 Fun & Profit is an invaluable sourcebook of information. It is a must read for anyone serious about writing or understanding how the process works.

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

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Author: Lawrence Block

Publisher: Lawrence Block

ISBN: 1386099597

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: N.A

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For fourteen years, five-time Edgar winner and MWA Grand Master Lawrence Block wrote a monthly column on fiction for Writers Digest magazine. These columns yielded four books regarded as classics: Telling Lies for Fun & Profit, Spider Spin Me a Web, The Liar's Bible...and now The Liar's Companion. Here are some reviews on Goodreads: "This recently released treasure from award winning mystery author Lawrence Block is a welcome addition to my bookshelf. ...Block has a gift for casual gems of wisdom that stir my storytelling imagination." "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 advice is practical, funny, and never boring. I do not have a desire to be an author, but these glimpses into the writing life fascinated me." While Telling Lies for Fun & Profit and Spider Spin Me a Web group the author's columns by topic, Block scrapped this approach when preparing The Liar's Bible and The Liar's Companion, feeling the material flowed more naturally by simply running the columns in chronological order. As Block has written, "Bible and Companion consist of my later columns, and as such they seem to me the best representation of my views on the subjects at hand. Telling Lies has always been the bestseller, perhaps because it led the way, perhaps because I'd had the good luck to stumble on a particularly good title...but I think it quite likely that Bible and Companion are the better books."

Spider, Spin Me A Web

A Handbook For Fiction Writers

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Author: Lawrence Block

Publisher: Harper Collins

ISBN: 0061861847

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 264

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The craft of writing is a lot like spinning a web: You take threads and weave them skillfully together, and only you know where this intricate network of twists and turns begin and how it will end. Now, with Lawrence Bloock's expert advice, you can learn this art of entrapping your reader in a maze of facinating fiction. Spider, Spin Me a Web is the perfect companion volume to Block's previous book on writing, Telling Lies for Fun and Profit, which Sue Grafton noted "should be a permanent part of every writer's library." As helpful and supportive as always, Block shares what he's learned over the course of writing over one hundred published books: techniques to help you to write a solid piece of fiction; strategies for getting a reader (or editor) to reaad—and buy—your book; ideas for increasing your creativity and developing an environment that will nourish you and your craft. Spider, Spin Me a Web is a complete guide to achieving your full potential as awriter.

Changing Faces for Fun and Profit$

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Author: Scott Ware

Publisher: iUniverse

ISBN: 059538451X

Category: Fiction

Page: 272

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Have you ever wanted to be someone else? What if you could temporarily become whatever alter ego you selected through the magic of professional costume make-up artistry a la 'Mrs. Doubtfire?" You could achieve the Modern American Dream of advancing career, while completely avoiding personal responsibility as someone else! Just think of the mischief and blackmail possibilities! Mark Hyde was a fairly successful junior stock analyst. However, there was an unending wave of young workaholics, just like him, competing for the same pot of gold. How would he rise above the pack without sticking his neck out too far? As a clothing analyst, Mark needed to gain access to the hip-hop culture that sets the apparel trends for young people, black and white. Unfortunately, Mark wasn't very fly as a white guy. However, his cousin, Cindy, worked in Hollywood with the world's best costume make-up artists. Ta da! Introducing J'Marcus White! After Mark's boss coerced him into upgrading a stock recommendation so his firm could reap the lucrative underwriting fee that accompanied the secondary stock offering, the investment community uncovered this illegal quid pro quo, and Mark was made the scapegoat. Could he get his life back? Maybe J'Marcus could help.

Revolutions for Fun and Profit!

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Author: Ryan Shattuck

Publisher: Lulu.com

ISBN: 0578034824

Category: Humor

Page: 198

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Want to start a revolution but have no idea where to begin? Don't you wish there was a guidebook for the aspiring revolutionary? THIS IS THAT BOOK. This revolutionary guidebook will answer every question you've ever had about revolutions, including: Is it OK for revolutionaries to wear white after Labor Day? Is being a revolutionary tax deductible? Which was more dangerous: the French Revolution or the Dance Dance Revolution? All these questions - AND MORE - will be answered in this revolutionary guidebook!

A Drop of the Hard Stuff

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Author: Lawrence Block

Publisher: Hachette UK

ISBN: 1409124835

Category: Fiction

Page: 304

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Detective Matt Scudder is on the trail of a killer - but solving the case might be his undoing... Matt Scudder and Jack Ellery were at school together but never exactly friends. Twenty years later, when Scudder was a detective and Jack was standing on the other side of the one-way glass in a police line-up, it was clear their lives had taken very different paths. What they shared, however, was a battle with alcohol. Now Jack is on the ninth step of the AA program and it's time to make amends to the people he's wronged over the years because of his addiction. But when he ends up shot in the head, and it's clear that stirring up the past was not such a good idea, it's up to Scudder to find the killer.

The Liar's Bible: A Good Book for Fiction Writers

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Author: Lawrence Block

Publisher: Lawrence Block

ISBN: 1386016942

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: N.A

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Five-time Edgar winner and MWA Grand Master Lawrence Block write a monthly column for Writers Digest Magazine for fourteen years. The Liar's Bible consists of previously uncollected columns, chosen to illuminate the often dimly-lit path of the writer of fiction. Here's what one reviewer said on Goodreads: "I am fascinated by the creative process and there are few excellent examples of this that I have found – there is Koestler’s The Act of Creation insightful in a general way– but I have found only two worth their salt about working creators – Trauffaut’s interviews with Hitchcock collected in Trauffaut/Hitchcock and Thomas Hoving’s two interviews with Andrew Wyeth – published as Autobiography and Two Worlds of Andrew Wyeth – but reading Lawrence Block’s collected columns on writing from Writer’s Digest I have discovered outstanding examples of this somewhat mysterious creative process. "Now I am anxious to read his other collected columns – Block of course writes so fluidly that, as one Stephen King fan commented, I would probably read his grocery list – but he also asks brilliant questions of himself and does a terrific job answering and commenting on these. "This is a must read for anyone intrigued by writers, artists, the creative process or those eager to write whether already published or hoping to be soon." And here's another: "What an absolute treat it is to re-read these columns, nearly 30 years after I first read many of them in the pages of Writer's Digest. I first started reading WD in high school, and subscribed for years, mostly for Lawrence Block's fiction-writing columns. This book collects all of his pieces from that era. Sure, a few pieces of advice -- mostly related to the marketplace for fiction -- have since become, oh, just slightly dated, but most of the wisdom still applies, not just for fiction writers but for all writers. These columns were, indeed, my bible in the early stages of my writing life. I owe a lot to Block, and I'm glad to have the chance to reflect back on how his writing influenced not just my own wordsmithing but also my life."

Don't Forget to Write for the Secondary Grades

50 Enthralling and Effective Writing Lessons (Ages 11 and Up)

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Author: 826 National

Publisher: John Wiley & Sons

ISBN: 1118132327

Category: Education

Page: 240

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Fantastic strategies for getting high school students excitedabout writing This book offers 50 creative writing lesson plans from theimaginative and highly acclaimed 826 National writing labs. Createdas a resource to reach all students (even those most resistant tocreative writing), the off-beat and attention-grabbing lessonsinclude such gems as "Literary Facebooks," where students create amock Facebook profile based on their favorite literary character,as well as highly practical lessons like the "College ApplicationEssay Boot Camp." These writing lessons are written byexperts—and favorite novelists, actors, and otherentertainers pitched in too. Road-tested lessons from a stellar national writing lab Inventive and unique lessons that will appeal to even the mostdifficult-to-reach students Includes a chart linking lessons to the Common Core StateStandards 826 National is an organization committed to supportingteachers, publishing student work, and offering services forEnglish language learners.

Writing the Novel from Plot to Print to Pixel

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Author: Lawrence Block

Publisher: Lawrence Block

ISBN: 151995042X

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: N.A

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Lawrence Block, the award-winning crime fiction author, is almost as well known for his instructional books for writers, and contributed a monthly column on fiction to Writers Digest for 14 years. WRITING THE NOVEL was his first book for writers, and remained continuously in print since its original appearance in 1978. But the world of publishing has changed in the past 40 years, and Block has now expanded and updated his original text, bringing each chapter up to date and adding welcome new material on the ebook revolution, the phenomenon of self-publishing, and what perils and opportunities await the new novelist—and the veteran as well. Unlike many advice-givers, Block doesn't tell you what book to write, or the one and only way to write it. He holds that every novel is different, and so is every novelist; his aim is to give you the tools to enable you to find your own way. Here are some chapters: #1—Why Write a Novel? #2—Deciding Which Novel to Write. #3—Read...Study...Analyze. #4—Developing Plot Ideas. #5—Developing Characters. #6—Outlining. #7—Using What You Know...and What You Don't Know. #8—Getting Started. #9—Getting It Written. #10—Snag, Dead Ends, and False Trails. #11—Matters of Style. #12—Length. #13—Rewriting. #14—Getting Published. #15—The Case for Self-Publishing. #16—The Case Against Self-publishing. #17—How to Be Your Own Publisher. #18—Doing It Again. #19—Now It's Up to You! WRITING THE NOVEL FROM PLOT TO PRINT TO PIXEL is half again as long as the original version, and Lawrence Block has managed to retain all the 1978 text while bringing it up to date. As he would be the first to tell you, you don't need this book—or any other—to succeed as a novelist. But thousands of writers have found it helpful. And most of us feel we can use all the help we can get.