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SPIDER, SPIN ME A WEB: LAWRENCE BLOCK ON WRITING FICTION.

Block, Lawrence.

ISBN 10: 0898793262 / ISBN 13: 9780898793260
Published by CINCINNATI: WRITER'S DIGEST BOOKS. 1988, 1988
Condition: Fine Hardcover
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INSCRIBED & dated by Lawrence Block on the title page. Fine in a fine dj.; Signed by Author(s). Bookseller Inventory # 17574

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Title: SPIDER, SPIN ME A WEB: LAWRENCE BLOCK ON ...

Publisher: CINCINNATI: WRITER'S DIGEST BOOKS. 1988

Publication Date: 1988

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition:Fine

Dust Jacket Condition: Dust Jacket Included

Signed: Signed by Author(s)

Edition: First Edition.

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Essays discuss organic structure, typography, the use of real characters, point of view, foreshadowing, flashbacks, details, back stories, and plot

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The short essays included in Spider, Spin Me a Web were culled from Lawrence Block's long-running monthly column about fiction writing for Writer's Digest magazine. Block, an incredibly prolific mystery writer with more than 50 books to his name (at one point he was writing more than a book a month!), employs a funny, conversational tone in addressing issues of technique, career strategy, and living the fictioneer's life. He uses the analogy of the fiction writer as web spinner to hold the many threads of his book together. "The writer of fiction," he says, "is a spider. Drawing upon his inner resources and shaping them with his craft, he spins out his guts to trap his dinner." Block strikes a realistic balance between writing for oneself ("write what you yourself would most identify with, write honestly and unsparingly and fearlessly") and writing with readers in mind ("I try," he quotes his colleague Elmore Leonard as saying, "to leave out the parts people skip"). Though Block's success has been mainly as a writer of mysteries, his wisdom applies to all fiction writing; in fact, he is suspicious of the whole concept of genre writing. "For all that their guidelines attempt to codify their requirements," he confides, "I have heard no end of editors say that the manuscript they most hope to find on their desks is the one that breaks all their own unbreakable rules--but that grabs them so hard and moves them so much that they have to buy it anyway."

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