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Spider, Spin Me A Web: A Handbook For Fiction Writers [Format Kindle]

Lawrence Block

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Présentation de l'éditeur

The craft of writing is a lot like spinning a web: You take threads and weave them skillfully together, and only you know where this intricate network of twists and turns begin and how it will end. Now, with Lawrence Bloock's expert advice, you can learn this art of entrapping your reader in a maze of facinating fiction.

Spider, Spin Me a Web is the perfect companion volume to Block's previous book on writing, Telling Lies for Fun and Profit, which Sue Grafton noted "should be a permanent part of every writer's library." As helpful and supportive as always, Block shares what he's learned over the course of writing over one hundred published books: techniques to help you to write a solid piece of fiction; strategies for getting a reader (or editor) to reaad—and buy—your book; ideas for increasing your creativity and developing an environment that will nourish you and your craft.

Spider, Spin Me a Web is a complete guide to achieving your full potential as awriter.

Biographie de l'auteur

Lawrence Block is one of the most widely recognized names in the mystery genre. He has been named a Grand Master of the Mystery Writers of America and is a four-time winner of the prestigious Edgar and Shamus Awards, as well as a recipient of prizes in France, Germany, and Japan. He received the Diamond Dagger from the British Crime Writers' Association—only the third American to be given this award. He is a prolific author, having written more than fifty books and numerous short stories, and is a devoted New Yorker and an enthusiastic global traveler.

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  • Editeur : HarperCollins e-books; Édition : Reprint (13 octobre 2009)
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Excellent resource for writers 26 mai 2000
Par Dr. Amanda DeWees - Publié sur
Along with Block's _Telling Lies for Fun and Profit_, this is a book I've found indispensable over the years. It's not only tremendously helpful and encouraging for me as a writer, but it's also, like all of Block's work, sheer fun to read. Block's writing on writing is particularly engaging because he gives the impression of addressing a friend and colleague, offering the benefit of his experience for what it's worth, without talking down to his audience or intimidating with a judgmental list of must-dos and must-nots (like some tyrannical authors of books on writing). Block never condescends, and he always acknowledges that writers work in different ways (sometimes, in fact, different books work in different ways), so that the would-be writer feels free to take away only what works for him or her, without obligation to learn to write The Block Way.
While I find _Telling Lies_ even more helpful during the writing process, _Spider_ offers a fuller menu for the writer: not only does Block address specific tools of writing like foreshadowing, mining life experiences, and background information, but he also tackles some bigger issues about writing routines, marketing one's work, what to expect from editors, and the best ways to become successful. He also gives solid practical advice on more "advanced" writing issues for those who have established themselves and may be facing specific dilemmas regarding ghostwriting, living on a writer's income, and other realities of the writing life (not forgetting the harshest reality: rejection). And for those in a philosophical mood, he looks at the writer's mindset: how to set a writing goal, how to achieve it, and even how to determine what kind of writer you are.
Altogether, _Spider_ is a refreshing combination of down-to-earth conversation about the nuts and bolts side of writing and serious thoughts on the more elusive questions liable to bedevil the writer. It's a great resource whether you need a pep talk to get started, find yourself bogged down during your writing, or just want to get the perspective of a lively mind on the whole writing life. I advise every fiction writer to keep a copy on her desk.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 A Great Book That Should be in Every Writer's Library 6 janvier 2013
Par James D. Best - Publié sur
When I transitioned from writing non-fiction to novels, I probably read a dozen books on writing fiction. Now, every three months or so, I pick up a book on writing to remind myself about the basics or to pick up an advanced tip or two. Most of these books I breeze through because they are pedestrian rehashes of the same basic advice.

Spider, Spin me a Web by Lawrence Block breaks from the pack. Originally written in 1988, it is not only filled with solid advice, it's fun to read. The book is actually a series of magazine articles by Block, which means the narrative is not straight-line, how-to instructions. Nonetheless, the organization, deft editing, and lively writing make it more cohesive than most books of this sort.

Spider, Spin me a Web appeals to me because it is filled with truth and treats me like an adult when it address basic issues. Some may say the comments on the publishing industry are out-of-date, but this is a small part of the book. This is a book mostly about the writing craft, and the advice is timeless.
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3.0 étoiles sur 5 How To Writers Book 21 juillet 2003
Par iqhope - Publié sur
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This book was written by one of the most prolific writers of our age-Lawrence Block. While I haven't read many of his fiction books, I have read a few of his 'how-to write' books.
He does have a conversational tone in his 'how to write' books, so you have to plow through a lot of verbage to get to the good points. I think that was basically to flesh out the book to bring it up to 250 pages.
If you can read fast and get through the extra verbage, this book does have some very good points to keep in mind when writing a book of Fiction, which if you use, would make your own story more interesting.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 GREAT PRACTICAL ADVICE! 23 septembre 2012
Par E. E. Justice - Publié sur
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As a professional writer, I am always looking for new viewpoints on all aspects of my craft. No one I've read communicates the nuts and bolts of writing more authentically, clearly and entertainingly than Lawrence Block. Read this and also read his book on writing the novel. No b.s., just the facts from a guy who's been doing it in multi-genres for over half a century and making a living at it. Lawrence Block is The Man!
4.0 étoiles sur 5 Essays That Can Help Inspire You to Write 23 avril 2012
Par goldenrulecomics - Publié sur
Anyone who read Writer's Digest back in the late 1970s and 1980s probably remembers Lawrence Block's monthly column, which was always an inspiration to read. This book collects a number of those essays, and while some of his insights on the publishing industry may be out of date Block's thoughts on writing and how to approach it are probably timeless.

The funny thing is, while I always found his columns useful and insightful I never really enjoyed the few novels I have read by him. Odd in a way, but that really doesn't take away from this book. He has a way of illustrating his ideas and making his points that is breezy and fun, and I found myself unwilling to put the book down until I read the next essay (and the next, and then the next...).

Think of this book has less of an official how-to-write manual and more like an evening in a restaurant listening to a writer talk about his craft over dinner. You'll be surprised at how much you'll gain from it.

I recommend this book for any would-be writer. For more in-depth book reviews I've done, search for goldenrulecomics on
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