Not Just Another Grouchy Grammarian

Musings about language, books, grammar, and writing in general

Book Review: Writing the Novel from Plot to Print to Pixel by Lawrence Block

block - cover - writingJust for full disclosure: I was sent an advance reading copy of this book by Mr. Block. Further, I read the original when it came out years ago, and loved it then.

I still love it now. I probably should note that I am not by nature a novel writer, but Block’s views on writing are always interesting and engaging. And I have found his advice valuable, even as an essayist and a short story writer.

Block notes that, until now, he has not been interested in updating the original, because there was nothing substantial to add to it until now. He has become a great advocate of electronic publishing over the last few years, and has taken his own works online.

In order to maintain the book’s initial organization, Block has added his insights about electronic publishing to the various chapters they belong in, using a different typeface for them in the hardcopy version.

One of the best things about the book, however, is Mr. Block himself. He does not come across as preachy, or as laying down the law. He is clearly offering advice based on his experience of over 50 years.

I highly recommend Writing the Novel: From Plot to Print to Pixel, by Lawrence Block to anyone who wants to write, whether or not a novel is in their plans.

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