Written by John Dufresne, illustrated by Evan Wondolowski
“You need at least two skills to be a fiction writer,” John Dufresne writes in the introduction to Storyville! An Illustrated Guide to Writing Fiction. “You have to be able to write and you have to be able to tell a story. Telling a story is the harder of the two.” Dufresne tackles both sides of the fiction-writer’s challenge in four straightforward sections: The Fiction Writer, The Fiction Writing, The Plot, and The Revision. Along the way, the book is littered with light-hearted illustrations from Evan Wondolowski as well as quotes, prompts, and notebook-style blank pages for writers to fill as they read. “Dufresne’s close attention to myriad details of fiction writing makes this a strong choice for anyone who thinks they have a novel or short stories in them, but don’t know how to begin,” writes Publishers Weekly.