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

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W. W. Norton & Company, 2011 - Language Arts & Disciplines - 314 pages
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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.

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A Modest Proposal
In the Beginning Were the Words
This Is No Memoir This Really Happened
Desperate People Desperate Measures
Four Gates into the City
Give Me a Place to Stand On
The Shape of Things to Come
Picture This
Behind the Scenes
This and That
All the Lonely People
The Plot Thickens

What About What Its About?
Whats That Voice I Hear?
This Blessed Plot
A Work in Progress
Now What?
What I Was Reading While I Was Writing

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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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