WIR #6: Writing the Novel: From Plot to Print

Writing the Novel: From Plot to PrintBlock, Lawrence. Writing the Novel: From Plot to Print. Cincinnati, Ohio: Writer's Digest Books. Copyright © 1979, by Lawrence Block.

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I've read this several times before, and I figured — what the hell? — why not read it again? I've a shelf of 18 books on writing novels, and I've read all but four of them. As crazy as it may sound, I'm thinking of ploughing through all of them.

The blurb:

When you need your car fixed, you go to a shop that has a good reputation for getting the job done right. So when you want to write a novel, who better to turn to for instruction and advice than a writer who has more than one hundred published novels to his credit and who has been helping others get started writing for the last decade through his "Fiction" column in Writer's Digest magazine!

Lawrence Block explains every aspect of novel writing with an authority that is unmistakable — from the first vision of an idea and how it's shaped to marketing the finished product. You'll learn how to:

  • create a plot that will get you beyond the first chapter
  • use backgrounds you know and research those you don't
  • face that blank sheet of paper and actually get started
  • give your characters lives all their own
  • handle snags, dead ends, and false trails
  • deliver a salable manuscript to the right editor's desk

If you've got a novel in you, this book will guide you step-by-step on your way to getting it published!

I don't know how long I've owned this copy, but it's been for some years now.

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