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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: 2541 KB
  • Print Length: 366 pages
  • Publisher: Open Road Media (March 22, 2011)
  • Publication Date: March 22, 2011
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004TC1478
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21 of 21 people found the following review helpful By Nicki on July 6, 2011
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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 By Richard Mabry on 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 By NYC Girl on 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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Richard A. Herman on 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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Craig on October 15, 2011
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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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This book is a collection of columns that Mr Block wrote for Writer's Digest in the 80's for the most part. They are highly literate and thoughtful essays on the craft and art of writing, coupled with penetrating explorations of what writing and storytelling is all about.

I have many of the columns that are published in this book but they consist of very yellow, very fragile, tear-outs from the original magazine and I am very glad to now have them in a more permanent and organized form.

Three dollars is an extraordinary bargain for the book but its contents are ultra fine gold.
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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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