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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, 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.com
“Frank and friendly talk about the approach to and the craft of fiction…a welcome companion.”
- Ron Carlson
“Dufresne makes it all good fun, from first to last, from guggle to zatch. See for yourself.”
- George Garrett
“An engaging covers-all-the bases guide―sometimes moving, often funny, full of goodwill and good sense.”
- Janet Burroway
About the Author
John Dufresne is the author of ten previous books, including two fiction writing guides. A professor in the MFA program at Florida International University, he lives in Dania Beach.
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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.
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.