Telling Lies for FunProfit Characters refusing to talk Plot plodding along Where do good ideas come from anyway In this wonderfully practical volume two time Edgar Award winning novelist Lawrence Block takes an inside look at

  • Title: Telling Lies for FunProfit
  • Author: Lawrence Block Sue Grafton
  • ISBN: 9780688132286
  • Page: 130
  • Format: Paperback
  • Characters refusing to talk Plot plodding along Where do good ideas come from anyway In this wonderfully practical volume, two time Edgar Award winning novelist Lawrence Block takes an inside look at writing as a craft and as a career.From studying the market, to mastering self discipline and creative procrastination, through coping with rejections, Telling Lies for FCharacters refusing to talk Plot plodding along Where do good ideas come from anyway In this wonderfully practical volume, two time Edgar Award winning novelist Lawrence Block takes an inside look at writing as a craft and as a career.From studying the market, to mastering self discipline and creative procrastination, through coping with rejections, Telling Lies for Fun Profit is an invaluable sourcebook of information It is a must read for anyone serious about writing or understanding how the process works.

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    1. Lawrence Block Sue Grafton says:

      Lawrence Block has been writing crime, mystery, and suspense fiction for than half a century He has published in excess oh, wretched excess of 100 books, and no end of short stories.Born in Buffalo, N.Y LB attended Antioch College, but left before completing his studies school authorities advised him that they felt he d be happier elsewhere, and he thought this was remarkably perceptive of them.His earliest work, published pseudonymously in the late 1950s, was mostly in the field of midcentury erotica, an apprenticeship he shared with Donald E Westlake and Robert Silverberg The first time Lawrence Block s name appeared in print was when his short story You Can t Lose was published in the February 1958 issue of Manhunt The first book published under his own name was Mona 1961 it was reissued several times over the years, once as Sweet Slow Death In 2005 it became the first offering from Hard Case Crime, and bore for the first time LB s original title, Grifter s Game is best known for his series characters, including cop turned private investigator Matthew Scudder, gentleman burglar Bernie Rhodenbarr, globe trotting insomniac Evan Tanner, and introspective assassin Keller.Because one name is never enough, LB has also published under pseudonyms including Jill Emerson, John Warren Wells, Lesley Evans, and Anne Campbell Clarke s magazine appearances include American Heritage, Redbook, Playboy, Linn s Stamp News, Cosmopolitan, GQ, and The New York Times His monthly instructional column ran in Writer s Digest for 14 years, and led to a string of books for writers, including the classics Telling Lies for Fun Profit and The Liar s Bible He has also written episodic television Tilt and the Wong Kar wai film, My Blueberry Nights.Several of LB s books have been filmed The latest, A Walk Among the Tombstones, stars Liam Neeson as Matthew Scudder and is scheduled for release in September, 2014 is a Grand Master of Mystery Writers of America, and a past president of MWA and the Private Eye Writers of America He has won the Edgar and Shamus awards four times each, and the Japanese Maltese Falcon award twice, as well as the Nero Wolfe and Philip Marlowe awards, a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Private Eye Writers of America, and the Diamond Dagger for Life Achievement from the Crime Writers Association UK He s also been honored with the Gumshoe Lifetime Achievement Award from Mystery Ink magazine and the Edward D Hoch Memorial Golden Derringer for Lifetime Achievement in the short story In France, he has been proclaimed a Grand Maitre du Roman Noir and has twice been awarded the Societe 813 trophy He has been a guest of honor at Bouchercon and at book fairs and mystery festivals in France, Germany, Australia, Italy, New Zealand, Spain and Taiwan As if that were not enough, he was also presented with the key to the city of Muncie, Indiana But as soon as he left, they changed the locks LB and his wife Lynne are enthusiastic New Yorkers and relentless world travelers the two are members of the Travelers Century Club, and have visited around 160 countries.He is a modest and humble fellow, although you would never guess as much from this biographical note.

    2 thoughts on “Telling Lies for FunProfit

    1. Telling Lies for Fun & Profit is a collection of some of Lawrence Block's columns from Writer's Digest.Most of the time I see books on writing, they're by people I've never heard of and I pass them by. Stephen King's On Writing has been my favorite book on writing for years but now he has competition.I picked up this book because Lawrence Block has become one of my favorite writers in the past few years and because I felt like I have more in common with the esteemed Mr. Block than I do Steph [...]

    2. Crime writer Lawrence Block's book on writing is one of the best I've ever read. By being specific and giving practical advice from long experience, it's much more helpful than many others.Telling Lies for Fun & Profit is like a 47 chapter course on how to write like a prowell, hold up! It doesn't propose to turn you into the great American writer. You won't necessarily become a rich and famous novelist because of this book. What I mean is, Block gives you a career's worth of tips on how to [...]

    3. The articles that compose this writing guide are all, happily, nicely written – but there's not much new here, I'm afraid, and not much applicable to my particular situation Larry Block – as he tells the story a couple of times in this collection of essays – has basically always written. Motivation can be an issue for him, as it is for all writers, but for the most part the driving force that made him apply butt to chair and fingers to keyboard has been that he enjoys eating, and what puts [...]

    4. As part of NaNoWriMo preparation (and just because I like reading and writing), I decided to read Telling Lies for Fun and Profit by Lawrence Block, nevermind that I've never even heard of him before. And I realised that even if you've never her of this pulp fiction author, you should definitely read this book if you're interested in writing!The book sounded boring at first. The first few chapters had stuff like "Setting your Sights" (about how to "discover your options as a writer"), "Studying [...]

    5. I've long been a fan of Lawrence Block. I've read about 40 of his books and I'm still buying more on virtually a daily basis to top up my new Kindle. He's a prolific writer and has written well over 100 books. I've long admired the infinite variation in his work and his skill as a wordsmith. This aid for those wishing to turn out a tome of their own was written about 30 years ago, way before he wrote much of the material I've since spent long nights absorbing. It's a humorous but hugely informin [...]

    6. What a gem! I literally laughed out loud at some points. The author has a very unique, albeit dry sense of humour that makes this book a pleasure to read. It’s a must for any author: successful, aspiring, or otherwise. In fact, after reading it through once, I wanted to go back and reread some chapters just for the enjoyment of it! Some chapters were more applicable to my current situation than others, but each one had at least one nugget of wisdom, from very practical writing ‘how-to’ kin [...]

    7. Plain and simple, one of the best books for fiction writers that I've read. Great for neophytes and veterans. Sometimes, it gives you the push you've been looking for; there's a chapter on quite a few different aspects of writing and one of those you probably have a question on.I would have appreciated more exercises in this book (especially since it started out in column format, I would have thought there was something that Block could have written at the end that would have been a basic exerci [...]

    8. This is one of the best books I've found on the discipline, craft, and profession of writing. I first read it twenty years ago, and just read it again and enjoyed it just as much.Block not only has the experience to write from – dozens of novels and plenty of awards – but he has that knack for teaching that makes reading this book such a delight. He also doesn’t hold back on the rough parts of the profession, but tells it to you straight.Each of the chapters were first published in his fic [...]

    9. Lawrence Block is the writing teacher I wish I had back in college. I often find books on writing to be dull and repetitive, but TELLING LIES hits upon a lot of useful topics that commonly get ignored--plus, Mr. Block always provides a fresh perspective, and his essays are as fun to read as they are informative. And if you are a Lawrence Block fan, this book will provide a lot of insight into the first half of the man's vastly prolific career.This book will not tell you how to write the Great Am [...]

    10. I read Telling Lies for Fun and Profit in the early 1980s, a couple of years after I'd decided to put aside my attempts to write a publishable fiction novel for a while.I knew I wasn't done with writing and that I would give it another try sometime, but it wasn't until I picked up Block's book of essays about writing that I decided it was time to write again. In friendly conversational style, Block gave me glimpses into a writer's world that seemed accessible and answered many of my questions be [...]

    11. Writing advice books are a dime a dozen and they're kind of a mandatory passage in every writer's existence. There will be a time where you start finding them undoubtedly cool and where you will read as many as you can get your hands on. That time eventually passes and the only type of advice you'll seek advice only from people who you know have walked the walk.People like Lawrence BlockLING LIES FOR FUN AND PROFIT is a quirky writing advice book as half of it deals with breaking the myths of a [...]

    12. A little old-fashioned humor never hurt anyone and the tips and advice given by Lawrence Block in this writing classic far outweigh the groans that will be coaxed forth at his puns and gags. Some of them are enjoyable, actually. And he does a great job of using his own experience, giving examples, comparing for illustration, and showing why some things work and others don't. Highly recommended for those writing fiction.

    13. “Don’t begin at the beginning; first things second. Spring forward in storytelling and fall back with backstory.” ~ Lawrence BlockThis post might be more of interest to my writer friends or for folks who are thinking of starting a writing career. An author friend recommended a classic book entitled Telling Lies for Fun and Profit: A Manual for Fiction Writers by Lawrence Block. Block, who has written over 150 novels, leads us by the hand through the process of being a novel writer. If you [...]

    14. Almost finished reading this awesome, informative book after only a few weeks. (Would've been sooner if I weren't reading so many other writing books!) I've already read Block's previous book on writing "Writing the Novel: From Plot to Print" and was very impressed with his style and advice, so I decided this book was likely to be a good read as well; I haven't been disappointed.So far I'm nearly to the 3rd section of the book which deals with writing as "Fiction as Craft," and my favorite secti [...]

    15. Lawrence Block wrote a monthly column for Writer's Digest magazine for 14 years in the 1970's and 80's. They have all been collected now into 4 books:1. Telling Lies for Fun and Profit2. Spider, Spin Me a Web3. The Liar's Bible4. The Liar's CompanionNo subject is off limits for Block. 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?), the ad [...]

    16. A lot of great and useful stuff in this pretty old book on writing. It is a series of articles that Block wrote for Writer's Digest and he has adapted them and put them in themed sections and provided some continuity between each. Very light and entertaining, but useful for anyone who likes to think about making his or her writing better. Of particular value to me were the twin aphorisms "First things second" and "Spring forward, fall back." I have applied things that he suggests to better effec [...]

    17. A collection of columns written for Writers Digest, this is one of the best books I have read - covering both some interesting points of the business of writing (why should I or not use a penname?) and the finer points of the writing itself ("Why shouldn't I write this way?" he ejaculated.)Chuckle-out-loud funny in places and always engaging, this is a must-read for anyone with an interest in the craft of fiction writing.

    18. This is a fantastic book on writing structure and style, but it's also just a really good read, Block is funny and breezy and entertaining. Probably my favorite book on writing that I read back when I was trying to hone my craft a little for the purposes of reviewing and casual writing.

    19. All good advice and worth a read, though most of it was fairly intuitive. I supposed I should be GLAD that I knew most of it intuitively already! Anyway, it was good to read it all put into words, so I'd recommend it. Block is entertaining to read, even if you don't learn anything earth-shattering.

    20. The bomb went off, and I lost my digital way, but fortunately the library system if forgiving and I was finally able to finish this book.

    21. I read two chapters from the book but it failed to hold my attention. I then listened to the audiobook for about an hour and decided to give up. The title should have been "a memoir about this writer" as the content was mostly about him, then I would not have been disappointed.

    22. This is a compilation of Lawrence Block's fiction-writing columns published some years ago in Writer's Digest. It was great to review these articles in a single volume. Much good advice for authorsK -- 9 June 2017

    23. Awesome, awesome, awesome book on writing. Very easy to follow. Worth the cost just for the chapter about writing an effective opening chapter. Lawrence Block has written something like 9 trillion books so he definitely knows his stuff.

    24. UsefulUseful to keep you motivated and filled with handy advice. A little heavy going to read in one go but worth dipping in and out of.

    25. I've seen Telling Lies for Fun and Profit on many aspiring writer's reference lists. I stumbled across a copy at Half Price books and decided to give it a whirl. I've read some of Block's fiction: books from the Scudder series and a few Kellers. I found his work to be diverting, but a little dry(I'm more a fan of his contemporaries Donald Westlake or Elmore Leonard). This isn't the worst book I've read on writing, nor is it the best. The book is divided into 4 or 5 sections. Telling Lies is a co [...]

    26. An editor once told me that if you're going to take advice on writing, take it either from name-bestselling writers or gatekeepers such as acquiring editors or agents--not necessarily anyone who writes for Writer's Digest or has taught a writing class. Well, Lawrence Block is at least a published writer--and an Edgar-award winning one at that. But unlike Stephen King and Elizabeth George, both authors of books on the craft of writing, he's not an author I've personally enjoyed. Moreover, this is [...]

    27. I really enjoyed this book and found it quite helpful, despite some of the bunny trails the author takes us down on. It's not the kind of book that has a section for "Plot" and then one for "Character Development" and so on. Instead, it's the kind of book you read in bits and pieces, gleaning as you go. Lawrence Block has a great sense of humor and also appreciation for his craft. One of my favorite quotes:"Wodehouse rewrote intensively. He pinned pages of his current manuscript around the walls [...]

    28. I just love the way Block writes: I've followed all his series, with an especial fondness for the Burglar (although I'll admit that sometimes it verges on the cutesy) and the Scudder which is one (if not THE) most favorite detectives/series going: smart, hard-living, drinking/sober AND New York City/Hell's Kitchen-my old neighborhood [how COULD they have moved 8 Million Ways to Die to Los Angeles? It's like erasing the major character in a story. It's like Romeo and Buffy. It's like Tristan and [...]

    29. Lawrence Block is one of my favorites, and I've been reading about Scudder, Bernie, and Keller (and Tanner, too) for a great many years. But LB in this case is no fictioneer, but rather the cool prof you wished you'd had back in the day. This collection of mini-essays from his days writing columns for Writers Digest is just one treat after another if you're looking for advice from a master on the how-to of creative writing. It's not going to put plots in your head (maybe), or instructions on rea [...]

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