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Finally, a truly creative--and hilarious--guide to creative writing, full of encouragement and sound advice. Provocative and reassuring, nurturing and wise, is essential to writers in general, fiction writers in particular, beginning writers, serious writers, and anyone facing a blank page. John Dufresne, teacher and the acclaimed author of and , demystifies the writing process. Drawing upon the wisdom of literature's great craftsmen, Dufresne's lucid essays and diverse exercises initiate the reader into the tools, processes, and techniques of writing: inventing compelling characters, developing a voice, creating a sense of place, editing your own words. Where do great ideas come from? How do we recognize them? How can language capture them? In his signature comic voice, Dufresne answers these questions and more in chapters such as "Writing Around the Block," "Plottery," and "The Art of Abbreviation." Dufresne demystifies the writing process, showing that while the idea of writing may be overwhelming, the act of writing is simplicity itself.

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"This is the most practical, hard-nosed, generous, direct, and useful guide to writing fiction."--Brad Watson

Synopsis:

"This is the most practical, hard-nosed, generous, direct, and useful guide to writing fiction."'"Brad Watson

About the Author

John Dufresne has written several books, including the novels Requiem, Mass. and Love Warps the Mind a Little (a New York Times Notable Book), and the fiction writing guides The Lie That Tells a Truth and Is Life Like This? He lives in Dania Beach, Florida.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780393325812
Author:
Dufresne, John
Publisher:
W. W. Norton & Company
Author:
DuFresne, John
Subject:
General
Subject:
Composition & Creative Writing - Fiction
Subject:
Composition & Creative Writing - General
Subject:
Composition & Creative Writing
Subject:
Reference/Writing
Copyright:
Publication Date:
20040831
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Pages:
320
Dimensions:
9.2 x 6.2 x 0.9 in 0.98 lb

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