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

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a€œ[Dufresnea€™s] generous, wise, cajoling, stern, and compassionate voice will get you working right away.a€a€”Brad Watson a€œWriting a novel, a€ says John Dufresne, a€œis not as easy as you may have thought before you tried. But ita€™s also not as difficult as you imagined.a€ Dufresnea€™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 writersa€™ command of novel-length storytelling. After six months of guided writing, the users of this book will finish what might have once seemed impossiblea€”a rich and compelling first draft of a novel. Is Life Like This? may well be the most important addition to the aspiring writera€™s library.The Shape of Things to Come - Short-story writers are jewelers, sharpshooters, photographers, and jugglers. Novelists must be symphony composers, stage magicians, but above all, engineers and architects. Short-story writers can illuminateanbsp;...

Title:Is Life Like This?: A Guide to Writing Your First Novel in Six Months
Author: John Dufresne
Publisher:W. W. Norton & Company - 2010-02-01

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