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The Liar's Bible: A Handbook for Fiction Writers [Kindle Edition]

Lawrence Block
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Book Description

Four-time Edgar Award–winning author Lawrence Block’s definitive essay collection on the art of writing fiction

For ten years, crime novelist Lawrence Block funneled his wealth of writing expertise into a monthly column for Writer’s Digest. Collected here for the first time are those pieces illuminating the tricks of the authorial trade, from creating vibrant characters and generating seamless plots, to conquering writer’s block and experimenting with self-publishing.
Filled with wit and insight, The Liar’s Bible is a must-read for experts, amateurs, and anyone interested in learning to craft great fiction from one of the field’s modern masters.
This ebook features an illustrated biography of Lawrence Block, including rare photos and never-before-seen documents from the author’s personal collection.



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“Block is one of the best!” —The Washington Post

About the Author

Lawrence Block (b. 1938) is a Grand Master of the Mystery Writers of America and an internationally acclaimed New York Times bestselling author. His awards include a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Private Eye Writers of America and the Cartier Diamond Dagger Lifetime Achievement Award from the Crime Writers’ Association (UK). Although he is best known for his four main mystery series, Block explored a variety of genres, including thrillers and erotica, and developed an early following as a pulp-fiction writer under a number of pseudonyms. Born in Buffalo, New York, Block has three daughters and currently lives with his wife in New York City.


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  • File Size: 2478 KB
  • Print Length: 366 pages
  • Publisher: Open Road Media (March 22, 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004TC1478
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #173,292 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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19 of 19 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Go on and buy it now July 6, 2011
By Nicki
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Before snatching up The Liar's Bible at the bargain price of $2.99 (even less in Oz due to the exchange rate) I'd set all the advice books aside, keeping only a copy of Stephen King's On Writing and Strunk and White's book on style.

On the strength of this book I'll buy all the others in Lawrence Block's considerable catalogue. The thing about these columns/essays, originally written for Writer's Digest, is that they answered a lot of questions that I hadn't yet thought to ask. I particularly liked the column about handling money as a writer and Mr. Block's warning against upping one's financial commitments and status objects (bigger house, better car) every time a payday comes around, in order to save precious writing time into the future.

He's a wise man and generous with his wisdom and experience--I feel almost guilty squirreling it away in my Kindle library for only three bucks--and I think you'll find that each essay in The Liar's Bible is not only an easy, enjoyable read but will also uncover something you didn't know you needed to know.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Worthwhile reading for writers December 26, 2011
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Although nowhere near as good as Telling Lies For Fun And Profit, this series of articles cobbled together by Block into a book is an excellent read for writers, both active and wannabe.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Very Helpful! July 6, 2011
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This book has tons of information about writing, for authors of all genres. For advice from a master, you'll get many times your money's worth. Lawrence Block is one of the great writers of our time.
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4.0 out of 5 stars An Enjoyable Read September 4, 2012
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As is the case with most of Block's writing, this book is interesting and well crafted. It is also a rehash of past work, as was his previous Liar's title. I enjoyed reading the book but I don't feel it stretched me any as an intermediate writer. I have been a fan of Block since he created Matt Scudder. His style draws you into his work. If you are looking for something interesting and well written to fill in your empty time, this book is a good choice. As a tool for your writer's toolbox, I do not recommend it.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Fascinating unpretentious glimpses into a writer's life October 15, 2011
By Craig
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I have no desire to be a professional writer (I did as a young man, but not anymore), but that didn't diminish my enjoyment of Lawrence Block's essays written for aspiring authors, culled from 14 years' worth of published columns in Writer's Digest magazine. 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?), virtually no subject is off limits. The writing is practical, funny, and never boring.

This is especially recommended to fans of Block's early novels, since he provides many anecdotes about his books in the 1970's and 1980's.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Solid tips, but some are dated August 27, 2013
By JSweet
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First of all, let me say that Block's books on writing are top-notch, and the columns here on the craft of writing are very good. The only knock on this is the tips on the business of writing are, of course, out of date. Nor surprise, considering these columns date from the early 1980s. That said, definitely worth reading for anyone looking for tips on plotting, character development, etc. Just expect to skip a few columns.
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I own Block's other two writing guides and love them, so I was thrilled to discover this one for my Kindle. Block's informal, sometimes self-deprecating style is entertaining, but you also learn a great deal about developing plots, characters and and themes. He doesn't subscribe to formulas - he just talks about ways you might want to spark your own imagination and see those ideas through in your own way.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Good anecdotal aids to those who want to write
Helpful without being preachy and I was amazed that the author held my attention. Each article seemed timeless and led to a greater appreciation of those who are artful... Read more
Published 14 months ago by William Weitzel
5.0 out of 5 stars Grat book for writers
I orininally read this book many years ago. I also read Block's Telling Lies For Fun and Profit.

I have both hardcover books in my personal library. Read more
Published 16 months ago by Joe Bruno Sr.
4.0 out of 5 stars Writer's How-To Course
Any wannabe writer should read Lawrence Block's collection of writing tips, culled from his old magazine column on the subject. Read more
Published 18 months ago by S. Rhoades
5.0 out of 5 stars Invaluable!
While I did find many sections of this book to be a bit dated, (What book about writing isn't these days after more than a year? Read more
Published 23 months ago by Donald Wells
5.0 out of 5 stars Writer Talk... inspiration for your perspiration
While this isn't a one-stop shop like Telling Lies for Fun & Profit, this was a very enjoyable read that touches on several topics not mentioned in Lies. Mr. Read more
Published on December 20, 2011 by Thomas Pluck
5.0 out of 5 stars The Man Who Knows
Lawrence Block has been writing about how to write for a long, long time. The essays in this volume, a collection of articles he's written over the years, really show what it is... Read more
Published on August 12, 2011 by Reader
5.0 out of 5 stars Just the Best Advice on Writing Out There
This book is a collection of columns that Mr Block wrote for Writer's Digest in the 80's for the most part. Read more
Published on July 18, 2011 by Rick Grant
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