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Books to Die ForBooks to Die For

A unique, must-have anthology for any fan of the mystery genre, featuring personal essays from 120 of the world's most beloved and renowned crime writers on the mysteries and thrillers that they most admire, edited by two of their own—John Connolly and Declan Burke. Each author pays a deeply personal tribute to one mystery that means the most to them, explaining why that book affects them and how it has influenced their own work. This collection presents a treasure trove of works in the mystery genre by the people who know it best. Find out more | Keep up on Facebook.


Don't Forget to WriteDon't Forget to Write

This book offers 50 creative writing lesson plans from the imaginative and highly acclaimed 826 National writing labs. Lisa's contribution includes a lesson plan for the collection: "How to Write a Fan Letter Without Getting a Restraining Order." Find out more.



Rule 1: Ignore Rules

by Lisa Lutz, published in the Wall Street Journal (February 18, 2012)

The first rule of writing is that there are no rules. . . . Read on


Please Stop Talking I have to use the Bathroom

by Lisa Lutz, originally published in Friction Magazine (December 2, 2002)

Some people never stop talking, and some people, Lisa Lutz among them, just can't get away from these ramblers to find some peace and quiet. Read right here.


Confessions of a Hollywood sellout

by Lisa Lutz, originally published on (February 2005)

There is no self-help group out there for a screenwriter who wasted a decade of her life rewriting a straight-to-video mob farce. Read on



Ask Lutz

Lisa's acclaimed advice column. Read right here.



Plan B

Greg Yaitanes, director; Lisa Lutz, writer (2001)

The movie Variety calls “torturously unfunny." Here's a synopsis of the plot, courtesy of A meek bookkeeper, and widow of a New York Mob victim, must become the hit man for the Mob boss in order to pay back her husband's debt. Instead of carrying out the deeds, she drives each of her proposed victims down to Florida to hide at her estranged brother's house. The boss gets wind that the victims may not be dead, and pays a visit to Florida, where he uncovers her flimsy plan and the hilarity ensues. Buy on or rent from Netflix.