OPUS 193, Writing for a Living

OPUS 193, Writing for a Living
OPUS 193, Writing for a Living
 
File Number
OPUS193-01, 02, 03, 04, 05
Box Number
203
Title
Writing for a Living (And How to Live Through It) --Being the Ungarnished Facts About the Writing Racket for People too Lazy to Dig Ditches
Category
Manuscripts
Type
Non-fiction
Dates, approximate
1973-1999
Pages
1,216
Description
File includes several Heinlein Opus either copied from other files, or transcribed into new versions for inclusion here. File also includes copies of several unpublished letters, or transcribed excerpts, from Robert to others discussing the art of writing and anecdotes from his career.
 
Part 1, 258 pages. Highlights include:  "Science Fiction: Its Nature, Faults, and Virtues", Robert to William Corson, Oct 10, 1950. Three versions of "Science Fiction: The World of What If".  "The Happy Road to Science Fiction". "How to Write a Story" by Lyle Monroe.  Review by Robert of "Conquest of Space" by Chesley Bonestell and Willy Ley. "Ray Guns and Rocket Ships". Introduction by Robert to "The Best From Startling Stories".  "Tomorrow the Moon". Letter from Robert to brother Rex Heinlein, Dec 4, 1960. Transcribed versions of Robert's June 20, 1973 and August 27, 1973 letters to Jerry Pournelle and Larry Niven, re "The Mote in God's Eye". Transcribed excerpts from the following letters written by Robert:  L. Sprague de Camp, Oct 26, 1952: L. Sprague de Camp, Dec 15, 1952. Richard Hoffman, Jan 31, 1953. Rex I. Heinlein, Aug 24, 1953;  John Jackson, Dec 10, 1968; Avram Davidson, Mar 31, 1961; "Wayne", June 9, 1969; Virginie Fowler, Jan 7, 1955; Rex I. Heinlein, Oct 4, 1954; Joe Belotte, May 7, 1954; John Jackson, Sep 17, 1970.  "On the Writing of Speculative Fiction".  Letter from Robert to Robert McCary re his review of "Starship Troopers", Jan 9, 1960. Letter from Robert to Richard Pope, re "Paul Dirac, Anti-Matter, and You". Letter from Robert to Bill and Lucy Corson, Aug 7, 1951.
 
Part 2, 233 pages. Highlights include: Multiple transcribed versions of Robert's June 20, 1973 and August 27, 1973 letters to Jerry Pournelle and Larry Niven, re "The Mote in God's Eye". Transcribed version of "Channel Markers". Letter from Robert to Dotte White, Oct 4, 1960.
 
Part 3, 279 pages. Various versions of teleplay titled "The Man Who Wasn't There" for TV series XXII Century and correspondence concerning it with Howie Horwitz and Ned Brown.
 
Part 4, 276 pages. XXII Century, continued. Two versions of script, one re-titled "Double Gambit".
 
Part 5, 170 pages.  XXII Century, continued. Two versions of script. The first is marked "Howie's version" and the second is marked "3rd revision".
Publication
Unpublished in this form, though several previously published Opus are included.
Cross References
OPUS055, OPUS076, OPUS115, OPUS129, OPUS149, OPUS150, OPUS151, OPUS167, OPUS169, OPUS174
Characters
 
Files
5 files
Original File Name
00004450_BOOKONWRITING.pdf
Notes
In a 1973 letter to agent Lurton Blassingame, Robert proposed three books intended to provide retirement income for Ginny after he was gone. One of those books, "Grumbles from the Grave", was published in 1989. This file is Ginny's working papers towards creating another of them, proposed by Robert as "Writing for a Living (And how to Live Through It) --Being the Ungarnished Facts About the Writing Racket for People too Lazy to Dig Ditches".  Project may yet be completed as part of the Virginia Edition.
 

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Product Code: OPUS193

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