This is clearly a heart felt examination of a man's life as a writer but perhaps it is my personal malfunction but I didn't get this at all. There are aspects of the man's life that are extremely poignant and I certainly salute his personal strength and writer's fortitude but this book did not make a favorable impact on me. Sorry. I suck.
It is an extremely good review of what it takes to become a successful writer from a man who did. It doesn't get much better than that. He is a very good writer (not great, in my opinion, but certainly very good) and he documents much of that in this book.
Fiction Writing Demystified, by Thomas Sawyer. Sawyer is another successful writer (was the head writer and producer on Murder, She Wrote for many years) and both volumes are similar in the way they document the process (motivation, mechanics, editing, publishing,, marketing, etc.) of fiction writing. Both are no-nonsense journals of being successful and I enjoyed them both equally and learned A LOT from both.
Hmmm. Don't know about that, but Lawlor did a very good job in narrating the book. There is not a lot of "performance" on this as it is more reference work which does not require that.
It is very informative and insightful into the professional life of a working, successful fiction writer.
I would love to be a working, successful fiction writer!! ;-)
Enlightening, eye-opening, and very certainly entertaining.
There are many books for aspiring writers but I would hazard to advance that very few of them are similar to Block's books for aspiring writers.
I believer that Block is really opening up about his life as a writer and put that on the page. Many successful writers give the "party line" about what it takes to be a writer, but I believe that Block is giving us the true soul of a writer of his generation. He is a brilliant man who decided young that he would be a writer and did so...not always to a glorious end, but he is one of my heroes for sticking to his guns, writing junk to survive and genre classics to entertain.
The true existence of a successful modern writer.
If you aspire to entertain others with the written word...listen to this over and over. It is brilliant and entertaining.
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