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Lawrence Block, the award-winning crime fiction author, is almost as well known for his instructional books for writers and contributed a monthly column on fiction to Writers Digest for 14 years. Writing the Novel was his first book for writers and remained continuously in print since its original appearance in 1978. But the world of publishing has changed in the past 40 years, and Block has now expanded and updated his original text, bringing each chapter up to date and adding welcome new material on the audiobook revolution, the phenomenon of self-publishing and what perils and opportunities await the new novelist - and the veteran as well.

Unlike many advice-givers, Block doesn't tell you what book to write, or the one and only way to write it. He holds that every novel is different, and so is every novelist; his aim is to give you the tools to enable you to find your own way. Here are some chapters:

1. Why Write a Novel? 2. Deciding Which Novel to Write 3. Read...Study...Analyze 4. Developing Plot Ideas 5. Developing Characters 6. Outlining 7. Using What You Know...and What You Don't Know 8. Getting Started 9. Getting It Written 10. Snag, Dead Ends, and False Trails 11. Matters of Style 12. Length 13. Rewriting 14. Getting Published 15. The Case for Self-Publishing 16. The Case Against Self-publishing 17. How to Be Your Own Publisher 18. Doing It Again 19. Now It's Up to You!

Writing the Novel from Plot to Print to Pixel is half again as long as the original version, and Lawrence Block has managed to retain all the 1978 text while bringing it up to date. As he would be the first to tell you, you don't need this book - or any other - to succeed as a novelist. But thousands of writers have found it helpful. And most of us feel we can use all the help we can get.

©2016 Lawrence Block (P)2016 Lawrence Block

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from writer to author...

I was a writer for many years, but not a novelist. When I decided to jump in a few years ago, I had a copy of Block's "Telling Lies for Fun & Profit," and it was a great help with the writing/creating part of the process. Soon, I had a steady income from my home novel-writing factory in a new pen name in a new to me but amazing niche.

"From Plot to Print to Pixel" is an equally strong volume for helping you find your niche and then write your novel. There are also additional chapters at the end which discuss your options for getting published if you are on the fence about how you'd like to sell your novel.

Note-- I received a review copy of this audiobook from the author but a review was not required.

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Nice Remake

updated version from the 1978 book. As of 2021 still relevant, including self publishing on Amazon and other outlets. He doesn't tell you how to write a novel, but shows the many different ways to do it, so you can find what best works for you. I was put off with some of the explicit language. that would be my only knock on the book

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Better than Steven King

I was blown away by this book. I’ve published 11 novels and learned new stuff listening to the author. Until I listened to this book, I rated Stephen king’s On Writing to be the best writing book. It’s now been replaced by this book.

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Wonderful Advice & Narrator

Just a great overview of the trials, tribulations, and especially the craft of writing. Tremendously encouraging. So glad I listened. Great narrator.

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Wealth of experience.

In Writing the Novel from plot to Print to Pixel, Lawrence Block shares his thoughts/tips/tricks on becoming a writer, This version is an update to original, adding his modern day commentary on the changing landscape of the publishing world. Truly a wealth of information from his lifetime of experience in the publishing world.

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Helpful perspectives!

A great overview of writing and a helpful comparison of the changes over the years.

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This is a Classic for a reason.

Worth every minute of time invested in listening to this very easy to understand book.

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Real world tips from a working writer

Lawrence Block has written for a living for decades, and his advice for other writers is practical and straightforward. Great book.

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Tried and True Advice

This book not only recounts Block's experiences but also recounts the ecperiences and advice of dozens of other successful authors. A must read if you are researching how ro write a novel!

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Encyclopedia of Writing Dos and Don'ts

A lifetime of Writing Experience delivered in a monotone. Get past that and it's great.

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