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by John Dufresne

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ISBN:
0393325814
Author:
John Dufresne
Category:
Writing Research & Publishing Guides
Language:
English
Publisher:
W. W. Norton & Company; Reprint edition (August 17, 2004)
Pages:
320 pages
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Provocative and reassuring, nurturing and wise, The Lie That Tells a Truth is essential to writers in general, fiction writers in particular . John Dufresne is the author of elevenprevious books, including three fiction writing guides.

Provocative and reassuring, nurturing and wise, The Lie That Tells a Truth is essential to writers in general, fiction writers in particular, beginning writers, serious writers, and anyone facing a blank page. Nikki Vanry, Bookriot. Frank and friendly talk about the approach to and the craft of fictio. welcome companion. Dufresne makes it all good fun, from first to last, from guggle to zatch. A professor in the MFA program at Florida International University, he lives in Dania Beach.

John Dufresne, teacher and the acclaimed author of Love Finally, a truly creative-and hilarious-guide to. .

John Dufresne, teacher and the acclaimed author of Love Finally, a truly creative-and hilarious-guide to creative writing, full of encouragement and sound advice. Provocative and reassuring, nurturing and wise, The Lie That Tells a Truth 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 Love Warps the Mind a Little and Deep in the Shade of Paradise, demystifies the writing process.

John Dufresne, an acclaimed novelist and teacher, demystifies the writing process. The ideal writer's companion, The Lie That Tells a Truth shows that while the idea of writing may be overwhelming, the act of writing is simplicity itself.

John Dufresne, teacher and the acclaimed author of Love Warps the Mind a Little and Deep in the Shade of Paradise, demystifies the writing process.

In Dufresne's book, you will find valuable information about pre-writing, writing, and revision along with the . com User, January 10, 2004

In Dufresne's book, you will find valuable information about pre-writing, writing, and revision along with the thoughts of writers such as Flannery O'Connor, John Gardner, and Caryll Phillips. Read especially "Sitting Alone In a Quiet Room" and his "Ten Commandments of Writing Fiction. com User, January 10, 2004. John Dufresne's "The Lie That Tells A Truth" is one of the best books on writing that I own, rivaling even Steven King's "On Writing.

John Dufresne (born January 30, 1948) is an American author of French Canadian descent born in Worcester, Massachusetts Dufresne published a fourth novel, Requiem, Mass

John Dufresne (born January 30, 1948) is an American author of French Canadian descent born in Worcester, Massachusetts. He graduated from Worcester State College in 1970 and the University of Arkansas in 1984. He is a professor in the Master of Fine Arts Creative Writing program of the English Department at Florida International University Contents. 2 Plays and screenplays. 3 References Dufresne published a fourth novel, Requiem, Mass

John Dufresne, teacher and the acclaimed author of Love Warps the Mind a Little and Deep in the Shade of Paradise, demystifies the writing process

John Dufresne, teacher and the acclaimed author of Love Warps the Mind a Little and Deep in the Shade of Paradise, demystifies the writing process.

John Dufresne is the author of elevenprevious books, including three fiction writing guides.

Provocative and reassuring, nurturing and wise, The Lie That Tells a Truth is essential to writers in general, fiction writers in particular, be. Louisiana Power Light.

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

Finally, a truly creative―and hilarious―guide to creative writing, full of encouragement and sound advice. Provocative and reassuring, nurturing and wise, The Lie That Tells a Truth 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 Love Warps the Mind a Little and Deep in the Shade of Paradise, 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.

  • Flamehammer
Have been rereading this recently--got it for a grad workshop a few years back and loaned out my copy (oops). It seems to me that Dufrense *really* wanted to write a book on a few elements of fiction writing (character, mostly, and as it should be--the dialogue chapter is marvelous and the POV one is decent), but either the pressure of his colleagues or of some misguided editor prompted him to include a lot of other crap. The "setting" chapter rambles at length about his own life, quotes someone else's sweeping and inaccurate generalizations about the American South, and contains none of the brilliantly useful suggestions found elsewhere. The first "read like a writer" chapter is a tired-ass recapitulation of (part of) the Harvard Classics list....while the second "read like a writer" chapter is pretty damn good. Very strange. Despite the erratic quality, this is still one of the best texts for beginning (or struggling) writers. Pick it up if you fit either of those descriptions--but expect to spend roughly equal amounts of time exclaiming "ooh, I never thought of it that way before" and "dammit, Dufrense!!" as you read. Good times.
  • Mr_TrOlOlO
The best overall book on the practice of writing fiction. Written with a personal tone and using personal examples, Dufresne is able to carry on a pleasant and helpful overview of writing. The chapter on dialogue alone is worth the price of the book Very good.

Update 5/12/18 Get a copy of this if you want to be a serious writer. There is a lot of wisdom in this. If you think writing is just learning a formula then don't bother with this. Writing is a life choice, like being a professional musician or athlete. If you want to learn the techniques and the personal habits and practices for real, literary writing, this is a good edition. I add this in because it looks like this book may be going out of print. If it does, you lose out if you do not have this. Yeah, the writing is a bit personal at times but not in excess and never at the expense of the ideas and advice the book gives.
  • Oghmaghma
My book has a yellow border from the amount of sticky notes in it.
My desk is covered in sticky notes with quotes from this book.
Not only is Dufresne a great writer (read Love Warps the Mind a Little) he's an excellent teacher. No gimmicks. No how-to-write-a -novel-and-get-published used car salesman pitch. This is a real writer showing you his process. You'll be inspired to write. You will learn simple things that go a long way like, nothing unimportant can happen in a scene. He will be giving you writing exercises that you won't even notice are exercises because if you're a writer the words will be pouring out of you and you'll realize the truth is that there is no such thing as writers block- you just had to actually sit down and decide to write. This is not a how-to so much as a great book about literature, writing, writers, and the breakdown of a good book.

Every writer, aspiring writer, even lovers of writing should own this book- should own two copies, in case you spill a cup of coffee on one.
  • INvait
I'm one of those writers who have spent a few decades waffling over whether or not to outline. Without overtly saying to either outline or pants, somehow John Dufresne has helped me bridge the gap and love writing again. The book is warm, friendly, and funny. The moment I finished the last page in this one, I immediately started reading his Is Life Like This? guide for writers.
  • Malaunitly
This is your book! It not only gives wonderful insights on the fiction writer's craft, it is the best coaching text I've read yet. Don't take your problems to the therapist, Dufresne says, take your problems to the page! In another place: Storytellers are not preachers: preachers try to improve us, while storytellers delight in who we are. As a natural preacher who is trying to be a better storyteller, Dufresne is my writer's bible.
  • Modimeena
This is an excellent book I saw John Dufresne on a TED program and knew I had to get the book. Far and away the best book on writing fiction.
  • Akir
Great book. Recommended at writing speech by Richard Hillman. Arrived in perfect condition. Looks new. Very happy.
This guide is so helpful that after reading the Kindle edition I purchased the paperback.