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On Becoming a Novelist Summary
John Gardner

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On Becoming a Novelist Summary

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On Becoming a Novelist by John Gardner seeks "to deal with, and if possible get rid of, the beginning novelist's worries." It shows this narrow audience the highs and lows of a career that in the end provides spiritual joys that no non-novelist can imagine.

On Becoming a Novelist by John Gardner devotes half its pages to describing "The Writer's Nature." An aspiring novelist should measure himself or herself against five criteria and work on developing those talents. The marks of a promising novelist are: verbal sensitivity and facility, accuracy and freshness of eye and ear; a storyteller's special intelligence (related to childishness); and "daemonic compulsiveness" to stay the difficult course. None is exclusive to novelists and not all successful novelists have and make full use of all of these traits, but they provide a useful way of measuring oneself—and alleviating natural worries.

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