Telling Lies for Fun and Profit
by Lawrence Block
Lawrence Bloch (When The Sacred Ginmill Closes) is often a terrific writer, and often (The Burglar Who Liked To Quote Kipling) a very funny writer. In his youth, he got a job writing pornographic novels under contract, one a month, and it seems that was not a bad lesson. (David Mamet got started at Penthouse.) For some length of time, Bloch wrote a column for Writers Digest, and this is a book based on those columns. Lots of good ideas for aspiring writers, chiefly urging them not to tie themselves in knots, to write simply and directly and to get on with it.