Is Life Like This? (Paperback)

A Guide to Writing Your First Novel in Six Months

By John Dufresne

W. W. Norton & Company, 9780393338836, 314pp.

Publication Date: February 7, 2011

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Hardcover (2/1/2010)

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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.

About the Author

John Dufresne is the author of eleven previous books, including three fiction writing guides. A professor in the MFA program at Florida International University, he lives in Dania Beach.

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

Dufresne's guide to fiction is filled with a can
do spirit that's sure to infect would-be novelists who read it.

John Dufresne is a canny and sage adviser. . . . The book is a rich companion even for those just thinking about their ambitions for fiction.
— Ron Carlson, author of Ron Carlson Writes a Story

Dufresne's generous, wise, cajoling, stern, and compassionate voice will get you working right away.
— Brad Watson, author of Aliens in the Prime of Their Lives