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As one might expect from a man who seems to have such a facile way with the typewriter, Block can make writing seem a lot easier than it does in real life. "If you write one page a day," he says, "you will produce a substantial novel in a year.... Don't you figure you could produce one measly little page, even on a bad day? Even on a rotten day?"
Still, just because he's published about, oh, 50 books, don't think Block considers novel writing to be all fun and profit. "Those of us who are driven to produce great quantities of manuscript don't necessarily get any real pleasure out of the act," he says. "It's just that we feel worse when we don't write." --Jane Steinberg
Lawrence Block is one of the most widely recognized names in the mystery genre. He has been named a Grand Master of the Mystery Writers of America and is a four-time winner of the prestigious Edgar and Shamus Awards, as well as a recipient of prizes in France, Germany, and Japan. He received the Diamond Dagger from the British Crime Writers' Association—only the third American to be given this award. He is a prolific author, having written more than fifty books and numerous short stories, and is a devoted New Yorker and an enthusiastic global traveler.
The last page of the book has a bar code and the words, "Made in USA San Bernardino, CA March 26 2014" So they apparently wait for an order and then run off a copy. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Victoria J. Faust
It's a fun memoir from a storied writer, but not as great a writing aid as I'd hoped. I recommend it as a light read rather than as something to charge your writing.Published 7 months ago by Robert A. Taylor
The best almost 5 bucks I've spent on a book about writing. Now I don't feel ashamed when I only write 5 pages in a day, overuse adjectives and adverbs, or procrastinate. Read morePublished 7 months ago by heidiB
I bought this book because the authors of Self-Editing for Fiction Writers recommended it. It contains helpful tips on many aspects of creating a well written novel, but I bought... Read morePublished 8 months ago by J. Zartman
Block's advice is well articulated and makes sense. After reading the first 5 chapters, I decided to read one of his books. Read morePublished 9 months ago by G. Arbo
...At least it feels that way!
Mr. Block talks to the reader like an old friend, sharing his secrets in a fun, easy-to-understand and often extremely entertaining way. Read more
Reading Telling Lies for Fun & Profit is what got me working on my manuscript again after six months of not touching it. Read morePublished 13 months ago by Brett Engetschwiler
While I enjoyed this book and found many useful tips that I can apply toward writing my first novel, I was a little disappointed in one aspect of the book. Read morePublished 13 months ago by Nadine Slavinski
I found some tips in this book helpful, but it wasn't exactly earth-shattering or eye-opening. It's basically Block describing his process and how he writes.Published 14 months ago by Angel Peters