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

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

by John Dufresne
     
 

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"Belongs on the shelf alongside John Gardner's The Art of Fiction and E. M. Forster's Aspects of the Novel."—Steve Yarbrough
John 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 an experienced writer,

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"Belongs on the shelf alongside John Gardner's The Art of Fiction and E. M. Forster's Aspects of the Novel."—Steve Yarbrough
John 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 an experienced writer, Dufresne focuses his expertise and good humor on helping aspiring novelists take their first tentative steps.

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.”
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.”
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.”

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780393338836
Publisher:
Norton, W. W. & Company, Inc.
Publication date:
02/07/2011
Edition description:
Reprint
Pages:
314
Sales rank:
922,708
Product dimensions:
5.40(w) x 8.10(h) x 0.90(d)

Meet the Author

John Dufresne is the author of six novels, including No Regrets, Coyote. Among other honors, he has received a Guggenheim Fellowship and is a professor in the MFA program at Florida International University. He lives in Dania Beach, Florida.

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