The Lie That Tells a Truth: A Guide to Writing Fiction

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The Lie That Tells a Truth: A Guide to Writing Fiction

The Lie That Tells a Truth: A Guide to Writing Fiction By John Dufresne The Lie That Tells a Truth A Guide to Writing Fiction 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 wri

  • Title: The Lie That Tells a Truth: A Guide to Writing Fiction
  • Author: John Dufresne
  • ISBN: 9780393325812
  • Page: 258
  • Format: Paperback
  • The Lie That Tells a Truth: A Guide to Writing Fiction By John Dufresne 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 WarFinally, 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 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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    1. Jess on said:

      Ughetension, pretension, pretension If you want to write about writing without making it a memoir, you will come off as pretentious Unless you are J.K Rowling or Stephen King who has done it pretty successfully , you cannot write about writing without coming off as pretentious.Especially if you constantly quote your own work when explaining how to write an awesome short story Lame.But there were some great tips Amazing advice on how to write dialogue, a mouth watering comprehensive list of refer [...]

    2. Sian Griffiths on said:

      This book is full of good tips for the new and intermediate writer I love the quotations sprinkled throughout He pulls them from an astonishing array of sources and writers, and they were each inspiring and thought provoking I can t imagine how long it took them to collect them all DuFresne is an excellent cheerleader for those wanting to lead the writing life He reminds his reader of the time and absolute, unflagging dedication it requires, but also why this effort is so deeply rewarding This i [...]

    3. Tracy Kendall on said:

      The best book on writing that I ve ever read and I ve read a lot Dufresne s a genius, his topics make sense they take you by the hand and walk you through your tangle of pages to make sense out of them Just finished reading it for the 3rd time, and if I ever finish the book I m writing it will be due to him.

    4. Darcy Conroy on said:

      Dufresne s The Lie That Tells a Truth is an excellent guide to the craft, I enjoyed the philosophy, but I would suggest that it is for those who are theory novices as distinct from writing novices because it leaned toward dumbing down and explained a little too much, at times One thing that may also attract those who read to be taught how to be a writer as against writers reading for the insights shared by another is that he gives almost equal time to how to get ideas as he does to how to execu [...]

    5. Steven on said:

      Although a writer at any stage of development will find inspiration in this book and at minimum an exercise or two to jump start your process it really is focused on providing guidance and encouragement to the new writer, especially those that have always wanted to write but haven t yet made the commitment At first I was skeptical because the book covers the same ground as so many other how to write books do we really need another one , but Dufresne s personal voice as opposed to Gardner s impe [...]

    6. Eliza T. Williamson on said:

      This book came at the right time for me as a writer I was feeling whiny, downtrodden, stuck and ineffective Dufresne s kick in the ass style coupled with great exercises and phenomenal discussion on the process of writing in all its intricacies has been invaluable I have read the book cover to cover and am twenty pages into my 2nd read is that good.

    7. Rand on said:

      Required for a class I took when I was 22 I remember not thinking much of it at the time but as of now I don t think much of who I was at 22, so I can t really comment as to the text s efficacy as a pedagogical tool at all, aside from its few proscriptions against wordiness that I continue to ignore.

    8. Bill Adams111 on said:

      I met the author at a writing conference and decided to buy his book It covers the basics that beginning writers need to know, such as how to make time in your day for writing, what to write about, how to develop characters, how to create a plot All the bases are touched Anyone starting out on the journey of writing fiction would be well served.While covering the basics, Dufresne keeps the tone light and conversational I think it is important to be encouraging and positive with beginners, becaus [...]

    9. Nathan Leslie on said:

      Brilliant guide to writing fiction chock full with insight as well as with helpful exercises I have used this guide in my creative writing classes many times and Dufresne s wisdom shines through every time One of the best books for beginning fiction writers out there.

    10. Alisha on said:

      Way too much talking about himself I didn t get through that to the actual writing commentary Also, seemed to be about generatibg ideas than revision, which is what I am looking for.

    11. Garrett Zecker on said:

      I have been reading a variety of creative writing manuals over the past few months to gear up for my workshopping, writing, teaching, and learning that I will be doing in my new MFA program All of the books I have read have been mostly repetitive, while all offered interesting and powerful glimmers into one aspect of creative writing that really turned me on and opened my eyes while I felt the other lessons provided were good, but mostly repeated a great deal of information I was already very fa [...]

    12. Fred Gorrell on said:

      Have you ever had someone sit down with you or stand at your side and show you how to do something There can be a very pleasant, casual intimacy involved when one person shows another how to put a bike chain right, or how to fold an egg, or how to put something together This book about how to write fiction creates that sense of spiritual proximity and sharing, even when read as an ebook without having actually met the author His tone and voice make it feel like his advice is being offered over c [...]

    13. Debby DeRosa on said:

      In The Lie That Tells a Truth, John Dufresne rants, inspires, and advises about the writing life The book is divided into three sections The Process, which describes how to make yourself write The Product, which discusses issues such as plot, character, dialogue, and point of view that pertain to the craft of writing and Other Matters, which talks about reading as a writer and the importance of good grammar Together, these sections create a thorough guide for writers of how to get words on the p [...]

    14. Ben on said:

      The Lie That Tells a Truth is a writer s secret weapon, which might be why you haven t heard of it It s no good having a brilliant book about writing if everybody knows about it then the bar gets raised and you ve got no advantage.So when I recommend this to you, it s with the understanding that my reviews slumber in obscurity here, and that you, dear reader, will have the good taste not to tell anybody else.John Dufresne is a writing teacher in Florida He s written enough novels and stories so [...]

    15. Rhonda Browning White on said:

      John Dufresne s The Lie That Tells a Truth is broken into three separate sections The Process 3 115 , which addresses writing habits and the writer s life The Product 119 264 , a section tackling writing craft issues such as plotting, characterization, point of view and dialogue and Other Matters 267 298 , which discusses the importance of critical reading and also gives dozens of grammar, style and word use tips for writers In addition and this is perhaps one of the things that endears this tex [...]

    16. Nazire on said:

      I love this book It isn t like other books on writing, formal, structured and just listing off things you should or should not do But it is written well, reads like a story, filled with insight, examples and nitty gritty you don t get anywhere else and the writing prompts are great if you are having trouble getting pen to paper, giving you something to think about, getting you to think about stories Though I have to say this book is about how to be a writer than an outline of how to write They [...]

    17. Rebecca on said:

      The Lie That Tells a Truth is completely captivating John Dufresne uses a conversational tone, like chatting with an old friend His humour and take it as it comes perspective is refreshing No prescriptions here This book has kept me occupied for months with all the explorative exercises, and I will continue to flip back and forth for many months working on the exercises I missed Adopting some of Dufresne s suggestions has made my writing tighter, imaginative, authentic, and fun I highly reco [...]

    18. Cathy on said:

      This book is a fabulous book for writers John Dufresne s writing about writing is so engaging, you won t want to put it down It covers all aspects of fiction writing, and I think what he writes here would apply to creative non fiction or memoir as well What I love besides his humorous and practical advice are the fabulous exercises at the end of every chapter I ll be keeping this book beside my writing desk, and referring to it often, for a long time to come.

    19. Rachel Kelley on said:

      It is very unorganized and very petty with the rules of writing He writes his personal opinion in a way that makes you feel as if you are wrong when truthfully the subject is too subjective to put forth so matter of factly He shuns other perspectives in favor of his own limited one and that was very frustrating to read He has a few redeeming points, but this book could have been much concise.

    20. Michael on said:

      This book has a lot of sound advice, but it is a little too long for its own good It tries to maintain a lighthearted tone, but all of the tangents and asides just get tiresome after a while I was also frustrated by the amount of time he spent on topics that I already knew about Maybe this book would be better suited for the beginner As someone who s already dedicated a lot of time to writing, I was bored a few times.

    21. Mandy on said:

      This is by far one of the best books I ve ever read about fiction writing I d recommend it to anyone who wants to learn about how to be a better writer it s funny and informative The exercises are interesting and always leave me wanting to write for time than what s been alloted Serioulsy from beginners to advanced writers, this is an excellent tool kit.

    22. Lori Rader-Day on said:

      One of the best books on writing I ve read, and I ve read quite a few Great book with lots of writing exercises most of which I skipped, but read that could be used in a workshop situation or writers group Also has a short chapter on short short stories flash sudden fiction, something I wish I d found when I was researching that topic for a project.I m going to read this one again.

    23. Kris Atkins on said:

      One of the best books on writing that I ve read Filled with inspiration, advice, and prompts exercises Dufresne is funny and intelligent and explains his theories very well I really got a lot out of this book If ever I am lucky enough to land a position as a professor, I will use this book in my curriculum.

    24. Bill Lalonde on said:

      A useful guide to writing fiction, leaning heavily toward the imaginative than the practical although there s a bit of that, too Dufresne is quite opinionated on some subjective issues, and if your opinions aren t the same, this might be irksome, but do you really need to agree with every sentence of everything you read I thought the chapter on revision was especially useful.

    25. Ruth on said:

      From time to time I pick up books on writing from the library hoping to cull at least one helpful idea I was both surprised and pleased to find that the majority of what Dufresne had to say directly addressed issues that I currently grapple with In fact, I wouldn t mind owning this one for reference.

    26. Kim Horner McCoy on said:

      This writing guide would be fine for beginning writers You get all the basics about living the writer s life and reading to write If you re a writer with some experience who finds herself struggling with some particular facet, such as dialogue or point of view, skip the basics and read the craft sections over and over They re terrific and well worth the purchase price.

    27. Sam Reeves on said:

      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.

    28. Mark Bailey on said:

      Disciplined book by a creative guy Piles of exercises and specifics Only drawback when Dufresne engages in streams of consciousness to illustrate how a point or character might be worked out Use for encouragement and confidence to start writing Then use to critique and improve what you come up with Or to break a block Read all the highlighted material through when done.

    29. Adam on said:

      When I feel inspired to write, this book is fun to go through and try the exercisesor you can just read the random writer s quotes throughout the book The universe is made of stories, not atoms Muriel Rukeyser

    30. Carole B on said:

      A good, thought provoking guide to writing fiction It s in the same league as King s On Writing.

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