Books: Take a Blank Sheet

I WANTED TO WRITE (471 pp.)—Ken-nefh Roberts—Doubleday ($3.50).

Since Kenneth Roberts has been writing for 40 years (and cranking out bestsellers for a good many of them), would-be writers keep coming to him for advice. Will he tell them how to do it? So many people have badgered him for the answer, says Roberts, that he decided to write this autobiography. His point, across 471 pages: writing gets done not by talking about it or thinking about it, but by sitting down and doing it. Roberts knows.

He began as a reporter on the Boston...

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