Spider, Spin Me A Web: A Handbook For Fiction Writers

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Harper Collins, Oct 13, 2009 - Language Arts & Disciplines - 264 pages
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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.

 

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Contents

Preface to the Quill Edition
PART ONE
1 Organic Writing
2 The Look of Words upon the Page
3 Real People
4 Jyls Story
5 Following in Jane Austens Footsteps
6 The Shadow Knows
24 Apples and Oranges
25 Keeping Up with Yesterday
26 Staying Loose
27 Goal Tending
28 An Investment in Pots and Pans
29 Take Courage
30 The Solitary Vice
31 Going for the Gold

7 A Stitch in Time
8 The Art of Omission
9 Details Details
10 The Story Behind the Story
PART TWO
11 What Do Editors Want?
12 Be Prepared
13 Lets Hear It for Sex and Violence
14 Wheres the Story?
15 Mirror Mirror on the Page
16 Purely Coincidental
17 How Long O Lord?
18 Points of Order
19 Look What Theyve Done to My Song Ma
20 Reporters and Imaginers
21 Sorry Charlie
22 Midnight Oil
PART THREE
23 The Beginners Mind
32 Try Try Again
33 Surviving Rejection
PART FOUR
34 The Guts of a Fictioneer
35 Scattering Stones
36 A Writers New York
37 This Pen for Hire
38 Getting By on a Writers Income
39 Summary Judgment
40 Writing for the Ages
41 On Growing Older
42 Welcome to Hard Times
43 Truth to Tell
About the Author
Also by Lawrence Block
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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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