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The Prom­ise of Fail­ure: One Writer’s Per­spec­tive on Not Suc­ceed­ing (Univer­sity of Iowa Press, June 2018) by John McNally The au­thor or ed­i­tor of seven­teen books, in­clud­ing The Cre­ative Writer’s Sur­vival Guide: Ad­vice From an Un­re­pen­tant Nov­el­ist (2010) and Vivid and Con­tin­u­ous: Es­says and Ex­er­cises for Writ­ing Fic­tion (2013), both also pub­lished by the Univer­sity of Iowa Press, McNally re­turns with a book that mixes thought­ful ad­vice, tips on craft, and mem­oir of the writ­ing life with hu­mor and hon­esty. Us­ing his own life as a blue­print, McNally nav­i­gates thorny is­sues such as how to know when to quit and when to per­se­vere as well as how to deal with de­pres­sion as a cre­ative per­son and ways to en­er­gize your writ­ing through rein­ven­tion.

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