James N. Frey


Born
in Syracuse, The United States
March 15, 1943


James N. Frey (born March 15, 1943 in Syracuse, New York) is an American writer and creative writing teacher.

Frey has written both fiction and non-fiction and is known for his book called How to Write a Damn Good Novel. He has written novels, plays, and several guides on writing.

In addition to being an author, he is a lecturer at schools and conferences. Frey was selected Honored Teacher of the Year in 1994 for his novel writing classes at the University of California, Berkeley. Currently, Frey lives in Berkeley, California.

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How to Write a Damn Good No...

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How to Write a Damn Good No...

4.04 avg rating — 636 ratings — published 1994 — 7 editions
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How to Write a Damn Good My...

3.93 avg rating — 428 ratings — published 2004 — 7 editions
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The Key: How to Write Damn ...

3.86 avg rating — 299 ratings — published 1994 — 6 editions
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How to Write a Damn Good Th...

3.84 avg rating — 252 ratings — published 2010 — 4 editions
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The Gift of the White Light...

3.49 avg rating — 41 ratings — published 2008 — 2 editions
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Winter of the Wolves

3.53 avg rating — 15 ratings — published 1992 — 2 editions
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The Long Way to Die

3.50 avg rating — 10 ratings — published 1987 — 2 editions
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Came a Dead Cat

4.17 avg rating — 6 ratings — published 1991
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Killing in Dreamland

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“Writer's block is real. It happens. Some days you sit down at the
old typewriter, put your fingers on the keys, and nothing pops
into your head. Blanko. Nada. El nothingissimo. What you do
when this happens is what separates you from the one-of-thesedays-
I'm-gonna-write-a-book crowd.”
James N. Frey, How to Write a Damn Good Novel: A Step-by-Step No Nonsense Guide to Dramatic Storytelling

“To set a forest on fire, you light a match. To set a character on fire, you put him in conflict.”
James N. Frey, How to Write a Damn Good Novel: A Step-by-Step No Nonsense Guide to Dramatic Storytelling

“Fiction can be more real to the reader than reality itself because fiction is the essence of life”
James N. Frey, How to Write a Damn Good Novel: A Step-by-Step No Nonsense Guide to Dramatic Storytelling

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