Lawrence Block: Writing the Novel From Plot to Print to Pixel (2016)
From the Publisher:
Unlike many advice-givers, Block doesn't tell you what book to write, or the one and only way to write it. He holds that every novel is different, and so is every novelist; his aim is to give you the tools to enable you to find your own way.
Here are some chapters: #1-Why Write a Novel? #2-Deciding Which Novel to Write. #3-Read... Study... Analyze. #4-Developing Plot Ideas. #5-Developing Characters. #6-Outlining. #7-Using What You Know... and What You Don't Know. #8-Getting Started. #9-Getting It Written. #10-Snag, Dead Ends, and False Trails. #11-Matters of Style. #12-Length. #13-Rewriting. #14-Getting Published. #15-The Case for Self-Publishing. #16-The Case Against Self-publishing. #17-How to Be Your Own Publisher. #18-Doing It Again. #19-Now It's Up to You!
WRITING THE NOVEL FROM PLOT TO PRINT TO PIXEL is half again as long as the original version, and Lawrence Block has managed to retain all the 1978 text while bringing it up to date. As he would be the first to tell you, you don't need this book-or any other-to succeed as a novelist. But thousands of writers have found it helpful. And most of us feel we can use all the help we can get.
Lawrence Block: Writing the Novel From Plot to Print to Pixel. Expanded and Updated! Create Space Publishing, ISBN: 9781522858874 (December, 2015), 294 p., $16.99, eBook $9.99.
Lawrence Block: Writing the Novel From Plot to Print (1985)
From the Publisher:
Lawrence Block explains every aspect of novel writing with an authority that is unmistakable - from the first vision of an idea and how it's shaped to marketing the finished product. You'll learn how to: create a plot that will get you beyond the first chapter, use backgrounds you know and research those you don't, face that blank sheet of paper and actually get started, give your characters lives all their own, handle snags, dead ends, and false trails, and deliver a salable manuscript to the right editor's desk.
If you've got a novel in you, this book will guide you step-by-step on your way to getting it published!
Lawrence Block: Writing the Novel From Plot to Print. A step-by-step guide from idea through outline to the final sale. Writer's Digest Books, ISBN: 0898792088 (July, 1985), 218 p., $14.99.