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Write for Your Life Paperback – January, 1986

ISBN-13: 978-0961625900 ISBN-10: 0961625902

 
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About the Author

Lawrence Block has been writing award-winning mystery and suspense fiction for half a century. His most recent novels are THE BURGLAR WHO COUNTED THE SPOONS, featuring Bernie Rhodenbarr; HIT ME, featuring philatelist and assassin Keller; and A DROP OF THE HARD STUFF, featuring Matthew Scudder, who will be played by Liam Neeson in the forthcoming film, A WALK AMONG THE TOMBSTONES. Several of his other books have also been filmed, although not terribly well. He's well known for his books for writers, including the classic TELLING LIES FOR FUN & PROFIT, and THE LIAR'S BIBLE; for fourteen years he wrote a popular column on fiction writing for Writer's Digest Magazine. In addition to prose works, he has written episodic television (TILT!) and the Wong Kar-wai film, MY BLUEBERRY NIGHTS. He is a modest and humble fellow, although you would never guess as much from this biographical note. --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.
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Product Details

  • Paperback
  • Publisher: Write for Your Life (January 1986)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0961625902
  • ISBN-13: 978-0961625900
  • Product Dimensions: 7.8 x 5.1 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,256,056 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Includes excellent techniques for getting your creative writing ideas flowing.
Tolema
This book is about authors getting their heads screwed on right so they can turn out their best work.
Seriousconsideration
I bought this book in 1985 or '86 when I was just getting started, and I wore it out.
Max Pynchon

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69 of 70 people found the following review helpful By Steve Hayes on September 10, 2010
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I'm overcompensating slightly with five stars to counteract that last, negative review. No, this isn't a book of technical tips for professional writers (although Larry Block's other writing books, made up of years' worth of columns for Writer's Digest, contain more specific and pro-level advice). This is a book designed to get wouldbe writers and blocked writers and professionally uncertain writers... writing. It has a simplistic, new-agey approach (relaxation exercises, practice-writing, affirmations, etc.) to light the creative spark in frightened minds. Block has written 70+ books (all legitimately published, not "self-published" as previous reviewer sneers) and knows what he's talking about. This book got me writing in my 20s when nothing else could break through my self-censoring paralysis. His voice is supportive, easygoing, unintimidating, friendly. So if you're already confident & making a career out of writing regularly, yes, this is a 2 star book, you don't need it. But if you're anxious and blocked and want to know how to write more or better or just how to get writing... 5 stars.
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23 of 25 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on October 24, 1998
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This is the best book I've ever read about overcoming writer's block. I want to recommend it to friends, but sadly it's out of print.
Please consider re-issuing it. It is too valuable to let slide into obscurity!
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By SV Divvaakar on September 2, 2013
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When you desire something sincerely, the universe finds a way! Cliche, but proved true yet again. This book gave me the much needed pep to get back to writing with vigour and hope, which had begun cowering before self doubt and self flagellation on the orders of the little editor. Hope to heed the instructions and exercises. Thanks Lawrence you should change your title to Unblock.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Honorée Corder {Author, The Successful Single Mom book series, Tall Order!, Paying4College on September 27, 2013
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Thoroughly enjoyed this book, Write for your Life! I particularly loved the exercises from the afternoon portion of the seminar, which I wish I had been around to attend. So glad this book lives on in e-book format.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Max Pynchon on January 11, 2014
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I bought this book in 1985 or '86 when I was just getting started, and I wore it out. It is that useful. Being a writer can be painful and confusing and Larry Block understands what it is to be a writer and what it takes to succeed as a writer. "Write For Your Life" is a valuable tool to shore up your sensibilities before tackling that blank page. I'm very happy to see it is back in print and now it lives prominently on my Kindle and I am a happy camper.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Jewels1133 on May 14, 2014
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If you want to appreciate your individual writing skills and relieve the fear that your not quite good enough, then read this writing seminar. Great book, wonderful practices and all around helpful understanding of what it takes to write...anything!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Marilyn Meredith VINE VOICE on January 22, 2014
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Though this was written a long time ago, it has many truths that any author can take to heart and use in his or her daily writing life.
It's the kind of book that will jump start a writer who has lost belief in his or her abilities as a writer.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Calvero on December 14, 2013
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I suppose that when this book came out in the 80s it was more interesting to hear about the then new seminar craze and Tony Robbins. Anyway, there's a lot in the book I enjoyed. Give me just the steak - in this case I don't need all that sizzle.
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