Is Life Like This?: A Guide to Writing Your First Novel in Six Months [NOOK Book]

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“[Dufresne’s] generous, wise, cajoling, stern, and compassionate voice will get you working right away.”—Brad Watson


“Writing a novel,” says John Dufresne, “is not as easy as you may have thought before you tried. But it’s also not as difficult as you imagined.” Dufresne’s smart, practical, hard-nosed guide is for the person who has always wanted to write a novel but has been daunted by the sometimes chaotic, always challenging writing process. A patient teacher and experienced writer, Dufresne focuses his ...

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Is Life Like This?: A Guide to Writing Your First Novel in Six Months

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Overview

“[Dufresne’s] generous, wise, cajoling, stern, and compassionate voice will get you working right away.”—Brad Watson


“Writing a novel,” says John Dufresne, “is not as easy as you may have thought before you tried. But it’s also not as difficult as you imagined.” Dufresne’s smart, practical, hard-nosed guide is for the person who has always wanted to write a novel but has been daunted by the sometimes chaotic, always challenging writing process. A patient teacher and experienced writer, Dufresne focuses his expertise and good humor on helping aspiring novelists take their first tentative steps. His six-month program variously calls attention to the key elements of good fiction writing and offers exercises that are designed to sharpen writers’ command of novel-length storytelling. After six months of guided writing, the users of this book will finish what might have once seemed impossible—a rich and compelling first draft of a novel.



Is Life Like This? may well be the most important addition to the aspiring writer’s library.

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Editorial Reviews

The Writer
“Dufresne's guide to fiction is filled with a can do spirit that's sure to infect would-be novelists who read it.”
Tom Franklin
“Where the %$#@ was this book when I was writing my first novel? My second? My third? Well, it's here now, and I'm thankful, again, for John Dufresne, who not only teaches us in his brilliant novels and stories, but in these practical guides as well. I'm going to recommend Is Life Like This? to all my students. And friends.”
Steve Yarbrough
“Is there any living writer who can talk about the art of writing fiction with greater wit, intelligence, precision and wisdom than John Dufresne? I seriously doubt it. His new book belongs on the shelf alongside John Gardner's The Art of Fiction and E. M. Forster's Aspects of the Novel. I highly recommend it.”
Brad Watson
“Dufresne's generous, wise, cajoling, stern, and compassionate voice will get you working right away.”
Ron Carlson
“John Dufresne is a canny and sage adviser. . . . The book is a rich companion even for those just thinking about their ambitions for fiction.”
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780393076998
  • Publisher: Norton, W. W. & Company, Inc.
  • Publication date: 2/1/2010
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 320
  • Sales rank: 624,096
  • File size: 401 KB

Meet the Author

John Dufresne is the author of seven books, including the New York Times Notable Books Love Warps the Mind a Little and Louisiana Power & Light. He teaches in the Creative Writing Department at Florida International University and lives in Dania Beach.
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  • Posted March 11, 2010

    Just the nudge I needed to get started with my first novel

    John Dufresne's guide for novice novelists was just what I needed to inspire me to get started on my long-delayed first novel. He provides practical step-by-step guidance for character development, plotting, and dialog. He also breaks down the writing process so that it seems less intimidating--more like something I can actually do while continuing to work full-time.

    Dufresne's style is approachable, and--as an author of a number of well-received novels and a professor of writing at Florida Atlantic University--he knows whereof he speaks.

    So far, his strategy for getting a first draft of my first novel done in 6 months seems to be working. Wish me luck!

    4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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