Lessons from a Lifetime of Writing: A Novelist Looks at

This is one of the best books on writing I ve read As a writer with decades of experience, Morrell has much to share about the craft He begins by asking why one wants to be a writer We write because we have to He covers useful strategies on getting focused such as having dialogues with yourself something I ve found valuable for myself As far as the technical elements, he goes over plot, character, structure, viewpoint, description, and dialogue As much as I ve heard similar information b This is one of the best books on writing I ve read As a writer with decades of experience, Morrell has much to share about the craft He begins by asking why one wants to be a writer We write because we have to He covers useful strategies on getting focused such as having dialogues with yourself something I ve found valuable for myself As far as the technical elements, he goes over plot, character, structure, viewpoint, description, and dialogue As much as I ve heard similar information before, I gained some new insights I also foundpractical parts helpful like research, dealing with writer s block, publishing the traditional route , the movie industry sounds like a deathknell for a novelists creativity , and finally a QA Overall, this book balances the technicalities fo writing with the personal, honest, and inspirational insight of an accomplished writer This is an excellent book about the process of writing It s not as autobiographical and conversational as Stephen King s terrific On Writing And it s not as prescriptive as The Elements of Style It falls between those two extremes and offers practical, thoughtful advice for better writing along with Morrell s own recollections of his own experiences One of the best aspects is that he has entire chapters that deal with the actual process of getting a book published, and selling rights to Hol This is an excellent book about the process of writing It s not as autobiographical and conversational as Stephen King s terrific On Writing And it s not as prescriptive as The Elements of Style It falls between those two extremes and offers practical, thoughtful advice for better writing along with Morrell s own recollections of his own experiences One of the best aspects is that he has entire chapters that deal with the actual process of getting a book published, and selling rights to Hollywood Not only is this sound and useful advice, but it actually assumes you ll need it, since you ve surely written something worth selling, thanks to his advice That s great The one caveat I have is that you shouldn t read this if you ever want to read any of Morrell s novels Throughout the book he reveals the plots and plot twists of many of his novels Just beware But don t let that stop you from reading this excellent guidebook Advice from a master of the craft and business of writing I recommend this book to writers for the wisdom shared in it Practical, inspirational, and brilliant Wish I d read it years ago before publishing my first book. I ve read a lot of books on writing Most of them are not very helpful if at all , but there are a few that I worship Up until now I ve considered the best to be A WRITER S TALE by Richard Laymon It has been deposed by David Morrell Hands down, this is the best and most useful book on writing I ve ever read Not many writers of such books go to the effort of teaching things most people take for granted, like structure and POV Morrell gets in there and gets the job done His motivational adv I ve read a lot of books on writing Most of them are not very helpful if at all , but there are a few that I worship Up until now I ve considered the best to be A WRITER S TALE by Richard Laymon It has been deposed by David Morrell Hands down, this is the best and most useful book on writing I ve ever read Not many writers of such books go to the effort of teaching things most people take for granted, like structure and POV Morrell gets in there and gets the job done His motivational advice is amazing He even delves into the psychology of writing and how to get over the hangups you have that are preventing you from making progress with a work Not only that, but he also has faith in the reader that he or she will be successful because he also talks about things like contracts and movie deals He really does have all the bases covered The only thing better than this book would probably be to actually study in one of his physical classes If you re a writer and you haven t read this book, you need to correct this oversight immediately Novelist David Morrell provides insights and advice learned duringyears of writing and selling novels insider secrets to help writers achieve the next level of literary success, whether they are just beginning or already published I ve heard Mr Morrell speak several times in New Mexico, so I was interested in what his book had to say.In a mixture of memories and precise directives, Morrell describes the writing process as he views it.It s interesting that Morrell decided in 1960 to become a writer because of the TV series Route 66 Those two cool cats cruising the Mother Road in a Corvette who was writing that amazing dialog, and how could Morrell get a job doing that A letter to the series scriptwriter resulted in a I ve heard Mr Morrell speak several times in New Mexico, so I was interested in what his book had to say.In a mixture of memories and precise directives, Morrell describes the writing process as he views it.It s interesting that Morrell decided in 1960 to become a writer because of the TV series Route 66 Those two cool cats cruising the Mother Road in a Corvette who was writing that amazing dialog, and how could Morrell get a job doing that A letter to the series scriptwriter resulted in a response that sent Morrell on to writing heights, including his first novel, First Blood, with a hero named Rambo Just finished a quick reread of this one I skimmed most of the chapters, but thoroughly read the chapters on getting focused and dealing with writer s block The first time I read this book, I was really taken with Morrell s idea of a written conversation with yourself about your book idea, rather than an outline or winging it I ve never tried his method, but the idea feels as fresh and inviting to me today as it did the last time I read the book. out of print, ordered from abebooks I started this book sometime in January, and over the course of the next 9 10 months I read it cover to cover, taking notes on each chapter, renewing it from the library, returning it to the library when my renewals ran out, checking it back out, repeat I don t know that it told me anything that I haven t read in the writing books from other authors such as Stephen King , but it was also part autobiography, and David Morrell has definitely led an interesting life and convinced some government I started this book sometime in January, and over the course of the next 9 10 months I read it cover to cover, taking notes on each chapter, renewing it from the library, returning it to the library when my renewals ran out, checking it back out, repeat I don t know that it told me anything that I haven t read in the writing books from other authors such as Stephen King , but it was also part autobiography, and David Morrell has definitely led an interesting life and convinced some government agencies to let him do things that probably would never be allowed in a post 9 11 world.I m not rating it higher just because I feel like some of the information is a little out of date In this day and age, yeah, you pretty much are going to have to have a computer and know how to use word processing software, because you are going to need to use email and submit your work digitally in a precise format.Fun side fact First Blood used to be taught in schools until Ronald Reagan ruined it and nearly killed David Morrell s career with some crack about the movie Rambo Fucking Republicans ruin everything It s a great book by professor David Morrell Although I didn t finish the whole book, but it definitely provides valuable information about writing The book mostly about writing fiction, but I feel I can use the same techniques to write about nonfiction The first chapter starts with the writer s story when he was a teenager in a classroom He decided to be a writer because he was impressed by a tv show in the 1960s Then we wrote a letter to the writer of the tv show The writer replied, If It s a great book by professor David Morrell Although I didn t finish the whole book, but it definitely provides valuable information about writing The book mostly about writing fiction, but I feel I can use the same techniques to write about nonfiction The first chapter starts with the writer s story when he was a teenager in a classroom He decided to be a writer because he was impressed by a tv show in the 1960s Then we wrote a letter to the writer of the tv show The writer replied, If you want to be a writer, the secret is to write, write, write and keep writing It s such a great reply that motivated him, but his journey was hard The second chapter was a question, Why do you want to be a writer He gives several reasons, but finally, the reason he admires is because you have to write The first to chapters I admired the most and the chapter that talks about Psychology of writing I benefit the most Generally, the book has much worth information It s for beginners and as well as professionals writers Lessons from a Lifetime of Writing: A Novelist Looks at His Craft


About the Author: David Morrell

David Morrell is a Canadian novelist from Kitchener, Ontario, who has been living in the United States for a number of years He is best known for his debut 1972 novel First Blood, which would later become a successful film franchise starring Sylvester Stallone More recently, he has been writing the Captain America comic books limited series The Chosen.


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