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Writing the Novel: From Plot to Print Paperback – September, 1985
This month's Book With Buzz: "Little Fires Everywhere" by Celeste Ng
From the bestselling author of Everything I Never Told You, a riveting novel that traces the intertwined fates of the picture - perfect Richardson family and the enigmatic mother and daughter who upend their lives. See more
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In the same order package, I purchased 'Telling Lies for Fun and Profit -- A Manuel for Fiction Writers.' I was very dissapointed to find that the second book was an almost verbatim version of the 'Writing the Novel...' book.
Keeping that in mind, if/when you order either of the books, go for the cheapest used version you can get of either because Mr. Block tells the same anecdotes, the same thoughts, and information in both books--almost verbatim.
I just wish that on either of the books information, either in Amazon or Printer's Editorial/Description, it would have been noted that the first book was a rewrite of the second (or vice versa).
As to the value of the information that is provided in either book--it's OK, but nothing earthshattering that will help you write a blockbuster novel. The text itself reads easily, as if you were having a conversation with Mr. Block in the same room. Very friendly and easy to understand--nothing you would need a college degree to comprehend.
The fact that I picked up this book on sale makes it even better, but truthfully, it would have been worth it even at full price. Although some of the material is useful to any writer, there's a lot of good advice that novel writers need to hear. Much like running a marathon vs. running a sprint, writing a novel is a huge undertaking that requires a special kind of determination. Block covered every topic I wondered about as I've been working on my own first novel, and I thank him for it.
The book is a little dated, but to me, it doesn't take away from the overall education the book provides. I'm thankful Mr. Block decided to reissue it as an ebook.
I can't recommend this book highly enough. It deserves a spot on any writer's bookshelf or ereader.