Naked, Drunk, and Writing: Shed Your Inhibitions and Craft a Compelling Memoir or Personal Essay
The material is right there in front of you. You’ve known yourself for, well, a lifetime—and you finally feel ready to share your story with the world. Yet when it actually comes time to put pen to paper, you find that you’re stumped.
Enter Adair Lara: award-winning author, seasoned columnist, beloved writing coach, and the answer to all of your autobiographical quandaries.
Naked, Drunk, and Writing is the culmination of Lara’s vast experience as a writer, editor, and teacher. It is packed with insights and advice both practical (“writing workshops you pay for are the best--it’s too easy to quit when you’ve made no investment”) and irreverent (“apply Part A [butt] to Part B [chair]”), answering such important questions as:
• How do I know where to start my piece and where to end it? • How do I make myself write when I’m too scared or lazy or busy? • What makes a good pitch letter, and how do I get mine noticed? • I’m ready to publish—now where do I find an agent? • If I show my manuscript to my mother, will I ever be invited to a family gathering again?
As thorough and instructive as a personal writing coach (and cheaper, too), Naked, Drunk, and Writing is a must-have if you are an aspiring columnist, essayist, or memoirist—or just a writer who needs a bit of help in getting your story told.
By Patricia H. Kline - May 5, 2009
There is one big difference between this book and the other numberous books I own on this topic. The difference is that Adair deals with the number one problem with writers -- they will do anything they can to actually not write. As Adair says, "writing is scary. It always will be." This book shows the reader how to actually "apply butt to chair" and get started. One of her more helpful hints is the exercise to write 500 words a day. It doesn't have to be good but it does have to be 500 words and it does have to be every day. Writers write. Everyday. I love her exercises that help you get going. Each chapter has a Try This exercise -- for example: Write about your closet. Write about the contents of your purse. Once you get started, you will be surprised that you most likely have gone over your 500 word goal. Of course Adair deals with all the elements of writing and refining essays and memoirs as well as sumbitting your work for publication. Naked, Drunk and... read more
Next Best Thing to a Writing Class
By SeattleK8 - June 1, 2009
I have been writing for many years and have read way too many books about writing when I should have been writing. Most books give you a few pointers that may or may not be helpful. This one is like sitting in a well taught class on essay and memoir. Lara answers the burning questions of all memoirists, and she does it in a voice and tone that make you believe she is your best friend from high school. Her advice is dead on, her tone encourages without forgetting that writing is hard damn work. This book shows you how to make that hard work result in something you'll be proud to submit to an editor. It's now sitting next to "Bird by Bird" on my writing shelf.
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