Naked, Drunk, and Writing Shed Your Inhibitions and Craft a Compelling Memoir or Personal Essay

ISBN-10: 158008480X
ISBN-13: 9781580084802
Edition: 2010
Authors: Lara
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Description: A personable and funny book on how to write about your life in essay and memoir, by Adair Lara, whom Anne Lamott (Bird by Bird) calls "San Francisco's legendary writer and teacher"

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Book details

List price: $18.99
Copyright year: 2010
Publisher: Ten Speed Press
Publication date: 8/31/2010
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 258
Size: 5.25" wide x 8.25" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.880

A personable and funny book on how to write about your life in essay and memoir, by Adair Lara, whom Anne Lamott (Bird by Bird) calls "San Francisco's legendary writer and teacher"

Writing Down Your Stories
That Which Is Most Personal Is Most Common
Hot Heart, Cold Eye: The Inconvenient Importance of Craft
The Personal Essay
Elements of the Successful Essay
Keep It Small
What Question Drives Your Essay?
Write About The Moment Something Changed
Build The Essay
Outline The Essay
Write The Epiphany
What's Your Angle?
You Have A Subject-But Do You Have An Angle?
How To Find An Angle
How To Use Setup
Techniques and Practices for Essay and Memoir
Tone: How to Assert a Specific Temperament
Are You Funny?
Be A Screwup
Watch Your Tone
Finding Your Voice: Do You Sound Like You?
Image: The Luminosity of the Particular
Use Your Senses
Build Images With Specific Details
The Dread Necessity Of Inner Emotional Landscape
How to Trick Yourself into Writing
Apply Part A (Butt) To Part B (Chair)
Write Every Day
No Time To Write? Consider Yourself Lucky
Lower Your Standards
It Takes a Village: Working with Other Writers
How Writing Partners Make You Write
How The Writing Partnership Works
Take Classes
Join A Group
Feedback: How To Give It
Feedback: How To Take It
Revising Rewriting Your Work
Step Back From Your Draft
Fix The Beginning
Fix The Ending
Fix In General
Fix The Sentences
How Do You Know When You're Finished?
The Memoir
Planning Your Memoir
Will Your Idea Work?
Use Reflective Voice
Do Your Reasearch
Organize Your Material
Write A Discovery Draft
What Goes In, What Doesn't
Identify Your Desire Line And Obstacles
Determine The Pivotal Events
Draw The Arc
Strengthen The Arc
Why It's Called Creative Nonfiction
Hire An Editor
Consider A Nonconventional Structure
How to Write Narration and Scene
The Uses Of Narration
Write Compelling Scenes
Bring Your Mom To Life
Use Dialogue
Getting Published
Words for Money: Selling Your Essays
Where To Find A Market
How To Find Hooks
A Word About Rights
How To Submit
How To Handle Rejections
How To Handle Acceptances
Get Your Work Out There
Publishing Your Memoir
Find An Agent
Prepare To Obsess Over The Query Letter
Put Together The Proposal
Your New Job: Promoting Your Book
Should You Self-Publish?
What If Mom Reads It?
Consider Your Options
What You Get When You Write from Life
Appendix
Reading List
Useful Texts
Writing Exercises
Tricks Of The (Computer) Trade
Contributors
Index
About the Author

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