Lessons from a Lifetime of Writing: A Novelist Looks at His Craft

Lessons from a Lifetime of Writing: A Novelist Looks at His Craft

by David Morrell

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ISBN-13: 9781582972701
Publisher: F+W Media
Publication date: 09/16/2003
Pages: 243
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.80(d)

About the Author

David Morrell (b. 1960) is a Canadian-born author of thrillers best known for his 1972 book First Blood, which introduced the character Rambo and was later popularized through the Sylvester Stallone film series. Morrell has written more than two dozen novels that have been translated into 30 languages. He lives in New Mexico.

Table of Contents

First Day of Class1
Lesson 1Why Do You Want to Be a Writer?10
Lesson 2Getting Focused25
Lesson 3Plot37
Lesson 4Character53
Lesson 5The Importance of Research63
Lesson 6The Tactics of Structure75
Lesson 7A Matter of Viewpoint91
Lesson 8The First Person102
Lesson 9The First Page123
Lesson 10The Psychology of Description136
Lesson 11What Not to Do in Dialogue150
Lesson 12Dealing With Writer's Block164
Lesson 13Getting Published and the Business of Writing175
Lesson 14Rambo and the Movies195
Lesson 15Questions I'm Often Asked215
Last Day of Class233
Index237

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Lessons from a Lifetime of Writing: A Novelist Looks at His Craft 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 5 reviews.
ChuckB on LibraryThing 25 days ago
David Morrell currently has more than 20 million copies of his books in print. Let this short story writer and novelist (creator of Rambo--heard of him?) show you the way to write novels that sell. Highly recommended!
SigmundFraud on LibraryThing 25 days ago
great for a reader. Insights into how books are put together!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Originally I purchased this book to basically thumb through, more as a reference book. Once I started it though I read it cover to cover. David Morrel provides a great deal of insight into the world of publishing and how competative it is. He also reveals some tricks authors use to tell their stories. I found this book very facinating. For anyone aspiring to be a novelist or avid fiction readers I highly recommend it.
Guest More than 1 year ago
David Morrell is a writer's writer - a master of fiction who is avidly read and admired by fellow bestselling authors such as Dean Koontz and Stephen King. When I interviewed Stephen King for a writing magazine a while back he told me that David Morrell's novel First Blood was one of only two works of fiction he used when teaching creative writing at the beginning of his career. 'David's a great writer,' he enthused. 'That's a wonderful book.' Picking up a secondhand copy of The Fraternity of the Stone on impulse a few years ago was my own introduction to David Morrell little did I know then that he would become one of my biggest influences in fiction. Reading David Morrell made me want to become a writer, and I've been a fan ever since. I not only read his novels and short stories for enjoyment, but to learn. Now he shows you how he does it - how you can do it, too. Lessons From a Lifetime of Writing is an essential guide book for learning the craft of fiction, and David Morrell is a fantastic teacher. It's a bit like Stephen King On Writing, and just as good (see my review of this book as well). The former Professor of American Literature (and expert on the work of Ernest Hemingway) painstakingly explains in careful detail everything you need to know about dialogue and characterization, plotting and structure, pinpointing the pitfalls to watch out for that will spoil your chances of success. His advice on all aspects of writing (including the business side) is excellent. Lessons From a Lifetime of Writing is not only inspirational ... it's indispensable. Don't just read David Morrell's book ... keep it on your desk for reference.
Guest More than 1 year ago
David Morrell is a writer's writer - a master of fiction who is avidly read and admired by fellow bestselling authors such as Dean Koontz and Stephen King. When I interviewed Stephen King for a writing magazine a while back he told me that David Morrell's novel First Blood was one of only two works of fiction he used when teaching creative writing at the beginning of his career. 'David's a great writer,' he enthused. 'That's a wonderful book.' Picking up a secondhand copy of The Fraternity of the Stone on impulse a few years ago was my own introduction to David Morrell; little did I know then that he would become one of my biggest influences in fiction. Reading David Morrell made me want to become a writer, and I've been a fan ever since. I not only read his novels and short stories for enjoyment, but to learn. Now he shows you how he does it - how you can do it, too. Lessons From a Lifetime of Writing is an essential guide book for learning the craft of fiction, and David Morrell is a fantastic teacher. It's a bit like Stephen King On Writing, and just as good (see my review of this book as well). The former Professor of American Literature (and expert on the work of Ernest Hemingway) painstakingly explains in careful detail everything you need to know about dialogue and characterization, plotting and structure, pinpointing the pitfalls to watch out for that will spoil your chances of success. His advice on all aspects of writing (including the business side) is excellent. Lessons From a Lifetime of Writing is not only inspirational ... it's indispensable. Don't just read David Morrell's book ... keep it on your desk for reference.