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Telling Lies for Fun and Profit: A Manual for Fiction Writers | [Lawrence Block]

Telling Lies for Fun and Profit: A Manual for Fiction Writers

Lawrence Block is a best-selling author of popular mystery fiction. With over 30 of his works in print, he is as prolific as he is skilled. This collection of essays and articlesfrom his Writer’s Digest columns has been in print for over 20 years. Here he provides invaluable advice to the aspiring writer and the established author. Featuring a witty and honest narration from the author himself, Block presents an illuminating look into the world of the professional writer.
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Lawrence Block is a best-selling author of popular mystery fiction. With over 30 of his works in print, he is as prolific as he is skilled. This collection of essays and articlesfrom his Writer’s Digest columns has been in print for over 20 years. Here he provides invaluable advice to the aspiring writer and the established author. Featuring a witty and honest narration from the author himself, Block presents an illuminating look into the world of the professional writer.

©1981 Lawrence Block (P)2002 Recorded Books, LLC

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    Terry Victoria, BC, Canada 09-18-12
    Terry Victoria, BC, Canada 09-18-12 Member Since 2012
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    What did you love best about Telling Lies for Fun and Profit?

    Lawrence Block shares information he's gained over his years as a successful writer in a way that makes you feel like you're listening to an old friend. I love his sense of humor. Take his advice, find your own voice, and you can become a successful writer.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    I've listened to Telling Lies For Fun And Profit several times. It encourages me, gets me excited about writing, and reminds me that every writer has moments of struggle. We all doubt ourselves at times. The only way to improve and get your work out there is to read other works of fiction, learn your craft, and keep writing no matter what. Telling Lies For Fun And Profit is one audiobook that can help you put the pieces together.


    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Victoria Provo, UT, United States 02-27-13
    Victoria Provo, UT, United States 02-27-13 Member Since 2008

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    "inspirational"

    It's a pretty cute, entertaining audio-book. While it does contains seeds of practical advice, it seemed to be more inspirational and encouraging to me than anything else. A nice listen for when you are tired of writing and want to know you are not alone.

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    Visualverbs Bella Vista, AR 02-09-14
    Visualverbs Bella Vista, AR 02-09-14

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    "Enormously Entertaining and Enriching..."
    If you could sum up Telling Lies for Fun and Profit in three words, what would they be?

    Enlightening, eye-opening, and very certainly entertaining.


    What other book might you compare Telling Lies for Fun and Profit to and why?

    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.


    What about Lawrence Block’s performance did you like?

    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.


    What insight do you think you’ll apply from Telling Lies for Fun and Profit?

    The true existence of a successful modern writer.


    Any additional comments?

    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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