• The 38 most common fiction writing mistakes ~ Try this book when you think something is wrong with your story, but you're not sure what.  Bickham's short essays on the 38 mistakes have helped me more than once ...

  • Scene and Structure ~ Scene and Structure: How to construct fiction with scene-by-scene flow, logic and readability (Elements of Fiction Writing)

  •  Writing and Selling Your Novel ~  A very readable book on the basics of developing a novel. Good resource for viewpoint, pacing, and story development. Bickham explains the flow of a story better than anyone I know. (Writer's Digest Press)


"If Block were a serial killer instead of one of the best storytellers of our time, we'd be in real trouble." -- Publisher's Weekly

Writing the Novel from Plot to Print to Pixel: Expanded and Updated!

Lawrence Block, the award-winning crime fiction author, is almost as well known for his instructional books for writers, and contributed a monthly column on fiction to Writers Digest for 14 years. WRITING THE NOVEL was his first book for writers, and remained continuously in print since its original appearance in 1978. But the world of publishing has changed in the past 40 years, and Block has now expanded and updated his original text, bringing each chapter up to date and adding welcome new material on the ebook revolution, the phenomenon of self-publishing, and what perils and opportunities await the new novelist—and the veteran as well.

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.