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How to Write a Memoir in 30 Days

By Roberta PHD Temes
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  • Publisher : Simon and Schuster
  • Isbn : 1621451526
  • Pages : 192
  • Category : Reference
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How to Write Your Memoir in 30 Days provides the framework for writers enthusiastic about telling their story, but wondering how to begin. Step-by-step techniques, culled from writers’ workshops taught by the author, are presented in a welcoming, non-intimidating style. The prospect of writing a book is not daunting when compartmentalized into thirty discrete assignments: Days 1 – 5 include exercises to identify major themes. Days 6 – 10 include exercises about plot. Days 11 – 15 include exercises about personalities. Days 16 – 20 include exercises about experiences. Days 21 – 25 include exercises that analyze responses to events. Days 26 – 30 include exercises that structure the story of the memoir. The book also includes information about publishers and literary agents, as well as information and resources about self-publishing. It also includes quick “clear communication” lessons about spelling and grammar. Perfect for today’s society, where we are all accustomed to celebrating each of life’s passages with a blog post and comfortable sharing our innermost feelings, How to Write a Memoir in 30 Days is a fun, easy guide to writing the next great memoir.

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  • Pages : 212
  • Category : Language Arts & Disciplines
  • Reads : 169
  • File Pdf: the-memoir-book.pdf

Book Summary:

Written in an accessible and conversational style, this handbook is an essential guide for anyone who wants to write the story of their life. The valuable insight into the memoir-writing process provides both inspiration and practical advice for both new and experienced writers. Describing the process from start to finish?from finding a topic, developing a narrative voice, and establishing structure, to finding a balance between factual truth and vivid storytelling and getting published?this resource helps express and shape personal stories.

What's Your Book?

By Brooke Warner
  • Format : Pdf, ePub, Mobi, Kindle
  • Publisher : She Writes Press
  • Isbn : 1938314069
  • Pages : 240
  • Category : Language Arts & Disciplines
  • Reads : 778
  • File Pdf: what-s-your-book.pdf

Book Summary:

What's Your Book? is an aspiring author’s go-to guide for getting from idea to publication. Brooke Warner is a publishing expert with thirteen years’ experience as an acquiring editor for major trade houses. In her book, she brings her unique understanding of book publishing (from the vantage point of coach, editor, and publisher) to each of the book's five chapters, which include understanding the art of becoming an author, getting over common hurdles, challenging counterproductive mindsets, building an author platform, and ultimately getting published. Brooke is known for her straightforward delivery, honest assessments, and compassionate touch with authors. What's Your Book? contains the inspiration and information every writer needs to publish their first or next book.

Shimmering Images

By Lisa Dale Norton
  • Format : Pdf, ePub, Mobi, Kindle
  • Publisher : St. Martin's Griffin
  • Isbn : 1429953071
  • Pages : 144
  • Category : Language Arts & Disciplines
  • Reads : 793
  • File Pdf: shimmering-images.pdf

Book Summary:

Rich, funny, and moving personal narratives depend on a few key moments in time to anchor the story and give it impact. Shimmering Images teaches the aspiring memoirist how to locate key memories using Lisa's technique for finding, linking, and fleshing out those vibrant recollections of important moments and situations. Shimmering Images will address: *the difference between memoir and autobiography *how to claim your voice *the art of storytelling *honesty, truth, and compassion in writing *authentic dialogue and the need for specificity Readers will learn how to craft a short piece of narrative nonfiction grounded in their core memories and master a technique they can use over and over again for writing other narratives. A must-have book for anyone who has treasured Bird by Bird by Anne Lamott or Writing Down the Bones by Natalie Goldberg.

Get the Word Out

By Anne Janzer
  • Format : Pdf, ePub, Mobi, Kindle
  • Publisher : Cuesta Park Consulting
  • Isbn : 195228404X
  • Pages :
  • Category : Business & Economics
  • Reads : 867
  • File Pdf: get-the-word-out.pdf

Book Summary:

What message do you want or need to share with the world? Are you ready to add your voice to the conversation, expand your impact, and influence others as an author? Get the ideas out of your head and into the world. Get the Word Out is a guide to writing a nonfiction book or memoir grounded in a sense of purpose. This practical and inspiring book offers advice for every phase of the journey, from clarifying your concept and owning your authority to drafting the manuscript and doing the important work after publishing. Whether you’re an industry thought leader seeking to expand your impact or someone with a tiny following and a big idea, this book will help you approach your book project with clarity, confidence, and commitment: • Clarity about your message, your audience, and your vision for the work • Confidence in your expertise, authority, and ability to write the book • Commitment to see the book through to publication and spread the word beyond If you’re looking for a quick-and-easy recipe or a promise of a best-seller, you won’t find it here. You will find suggested exercises, original research from a survey of hundreds of nonfiction authors, and stories and advice from other authors who have written meaningful, purposeful books. Many authors report that they wish they’d written their books sooner. What are you waiting for?

You Can't Make This Stuff Up

By Lee Gutkind
  • Format : Pdf, ePub, Mobi, Kindle
  • Publisher : Da Capo Lifelong Books
  • Isbn : 0738215864
  • Pages : 288
  • Category : Language Arts & Disciplines
  • Reads : 840
  • File Pdf: you-can-t-make-this-stuff-up.pdf

Book Summary:

From "the godfather behind creative nonfiction" (Vanity Fair) comes this indispensable how-to for nonfiction writers of all levels and genres, "reminiscent of Stephen King's fiction handbook On Writing" (Kirkus). Whether you're writing a rags-to-riches tell-all memoir or literary journalism, telling true stories well is hard work. In You Can't Make This Stuff Up, Lee Gutkind, the go-to expert for all things creative nonfiction, offers his unvarnished wisdom to help you craft the best writing possible. Frank, to-the-point, and always entertaining, Gutkind describes and illustrates every aspect of the genre. Invaluable tools and exercises illuminate key steps, from defining a concept and establishing a writing process to the final product. Offering new ways of understanding the genre, this practical guidebook will help you thoroughly expand and stylize your work.

The Complete Idiot's Guide to Writing Nonfiction

By Christina Boufis
  • Format : Pdf, ePub, Mobi, Kindle
  • Publisher : Penguin
  • Isbn : 1615642986
  • Pages : 320
  • Category : Language Arts & Disciplines
  • Reads : 354
  • File Pdf: the-complete-idiot-s-guide-to-writing-nonfiction.pdf

Book Summary:

The Complete Idiot's Guide® to Writing Nonfiction gives narrative nonfiction writers the tools they need to elevate their storytelling to the next level. This guide will define narrative nonfiction, list the literary building blocks and teach you how to research your desired subject. Next, you'll find tricks for remembering details of events to use later, how to conduct interviews, how to craft several types of narrative stories and how to create captivating prose. Plus, you'll learn how to find inspiration and overcome obstacles such as stalled motivation or inhibitions and finally, how to find markets to get your work published. The Complete Idiot's Guide® to Writing Nonfiction provides tips and tricks to help you get started on your writing journey.

Writer's Guide to Book Proposals

By Anne Hart
  • Format : Pdf, ePub, Mobi, Kindle
  • Publisher : iUniverse
  • Isbn : 1532000510
  • Pages :
  • Category : Language Arts & Disciplines
  • Reads : 209
  • File Pdf: writer-s-guide-to-book-proposals.pdf

Book Summary:

Here is your new author's guide to writing winning book proposals and query letters. Learn how to find free media publicity by selling solutions to universal problems. The samples and templates of proposals, query letters, cover letters, and press kits will help you launch your proposed book idea in the media long before you find a publisher. Use excerpts from your own book proposal's sample chapters as features, fillers, and columns for publications. Share experiences in carefully researched and crafted book proposals and query or cover letters. Use these templates and samples to get a handle on universal situations we all go through, find alternatives, use the results, take charge of challenges, and solve problems-all in your organized and focused book proposals, outlines, treatments, springboards, and query or cover letters.

Life Stories: A Guide to Reading Interests in Memoirs, Autobiographies, and Diaries

By Maureen O'Connor
  • Format : Pdf, ePub, Mobi, Kindle
  • Publisher : ABC-CLIO
  • Isbn : 1610691466
  • Pages : 723
  • Category : Language Arts & Disciplines
  • Reads : 968
  • File Pdf: life-stories.pdf

Book Summary:

Memoirs, autobiographies, and diaries represent the most personal and most intimate of genres, as well as one of the most abundant and popular. Gain new understanding and better serve your readers with this detailed genre guide to nearly 700 titles that also includes notes on more than 2,800 read-alike and other related titles. • A list of subjects and suggested "read-alikes" accompany each title • Appendixes cover awards, websites, and resources • Detailed indexes provide further points of access

Write It All Down

By Cathy Rentzenbrink
  • Format : Pdf, ePub, Mobi, Kindle
  • Publisher : Pan Macmillan
  • Isbn : 1529056233
  • Pages : 240
  • Category : Language Arts & Disciplines
  • Reads : 317
  • File Pdf: write-it-all-down.pdf

Book Summary:

'Cathy is the person who first told me to write about my mental health when I was nervous to do so. She is a great writer herself and this is brilliant.' - Matt Haig, bestselling author of Reasons to Stay Alive and The Midnight Library 'A gentle, wise and witty book that will take you by the hand and guide your words onto the page - I truly wish I'd read it before I began to write.' - Raynor Winn, Sunday Times bestselling author of The Salt Path and The Wild Silence Why do we want to write and what stops us? How do we fight the worry that no-one will care what we have to say? What can we do to overcome the obstacles in our way? Sunday Times bestselling author Cathy Rentzenbrink shows you how to tackle all this and more in Write It All Down, a guide to putting your life on the page. Complete with a compendium of advice from amazing writers such as Dolly Alderton, Adam Kay and Candice Carty-Williams, this book is here to help you discover the pleasure and solace to be found in writing; the profound satisfaction of wrestling a story onto a page and seeing the events of your life transformed through the experience of writing a memoir. Perfect for seasoned writers as well as writing amateurs and everyone in between, this helpful handbook will steer you through the philosophical and practical challenges of writing, whether you're struggling with writers block or worrying what people will say. Intertwined with reflections and exercises, Write It All Down is at once an intimate conversation and an invitation to share your story.

How Not to Write a Novel

By Howard Mittelmark,Sandra Newman
  • Format : Pdf, ePub, Mobi, Kindle
  • Publisher : Harper Collins
  • Isbn : 0061862894
  • Pages : 272
  • Category : Language Arts & Disciplines
  • Reads : 331
  • File Pdf: how-not-to-write-a-novel.pdf

Book Summary:

"What do you think of my fiction book writing?" the aspiring novelist extorted. "Darn," the editor hectored, in turn. "I can not publish your novel! It is full of what we in the business call 'really awful writing.'" "But how shall I absolve this dilemma? I have already read every tome available on how to write well and get published!" The writer tossed his head about, wildly. "It might help," opined the blonde editor, helpfully, "to ponder how NOT to write a novel, so you might avoid the very thing!" Many writing books offer sound advice on how to write well. This is not one of those books. On the contrary, this is a collection of terrible, awkward, and laughably unreadable excerpts that will teach you what to avoid—at all costs—if you ever want your novel published. In How Not to Write a Novel, authors Howard Mittelmark and Sandra Newman distill their 30 years combined experience in teaching, editing, writing, and reviewing fiction to bring you real advice from the other side of the query letter. Rather than telling you how or what to write, they identify the 200 most common mistakes unconsciously made by writers and teach you to recognize, avoid, and amend them. With hilarious "mis-examples" to demonstrate each manuscript-mangling error, they'll help you troubleshoot your beginnings and endings, bad guys, love interests, style, jokes, perspective, voice, and more. As funny as it is useful, this essential how-NOT-to guide will help you get your manuscript out of the slush pile and into the bookstore.

The Magic of Memoir

By Linda Joy Myers,Brooke Warner
  • Format : Pdf, ePub, Mobi, Kindle
  • Publisher : She Writes Press
  • Isbn : 1631521489
  • Pages : 280
  • Category : Reference
  • Reads : 397
  • File Pdf: the-magic-of-memoir.pdf

Book Summary:

The Magic of Memoir is a memoirist’s companion for when the going gets tough. Editors Linda Joy Myers and Brooke Warner have taught and coached hundreds of memoirists to the completion of their memoirs, and they know that the journey is fraught with belittling messages from both the inner critic and naysayers, voices that make it hard to stay on course with the writing and completion of a book. In The Magic of Memoir, 38 writers share their hard-won wisdom, stories, and writing tips. Included are Myers's and Warner's interviews with best-selling and widely renown memoirists Mary Karr, Elizabeth Gilbert, Dr. Azar Nafisi, Dani Shapiro, Margo Jefferson, Raquel Cepeda, Jessica Valenti, Daisy Hernández, Mark Matousek, and Sue William Silverman. This collection has something for anyone who's on the journey or about to embark on it. If you're looking for inspiration, The Magic of Memoir will be a valuable companion. Contributors include: Jill Kandel, Eanlai Cronin, Peter Gibb, Lynette Charity, Lynette Charity, Roseann M. Bozzone, Carol E. Anderson, Bella Mahaya Carter, Krishan Bedi, Sarah Conover, Leza Lowitz, Nadine Kenney Johnstone, Lynette Benton, Kelly Kittel, Robert W. Finertie, Rita M. Gardner, Robert Hammond, Marina Aris, LaDonna Harrison, Jill Smolowe, Alison Dale, Vanya Erickson, Sonvy Sammons, Laurie Prim, Ashley Espinoza, Jing Li, Nancy Chadwick-Burke, Dhana Musil, Crystal-Lee Quibell, Apryl Schwab, Irene Sardanis, Jude Walsh, Fran Simone, Rosalyn Kaplus, Rosie Sorenson, Rosie Sorenson, Jerry Waxler, and Ruthie Stender.

The Book You Were Born to Write

By Kelly Notaras
  • Format : Pdf, ePub, Mobi, Kindle
  • Publisher : Hay House, Inc
  • Isbn : 1401955614
  • Pages : 296
  • Category : Reference
  • Reads : 804
  • File Pdf: the-book-you-were-born-to-write.pdf

Book Summary:

A guide to writing a full-length transformational nonfiction book, from an editor with two decades' experience working with authors from all walks of life. "I know I have a book in me." "I've always wanted to be an author." "People always ask me when I'm going to write my book." "I have a story to tell, but I never seem to make time to write." These are just a sampling of the messages Kelly Notaras hears every day from would-be authors around the globe. Life coaches with new methodologies for living on purpose . . . energy workers who've discovered new ways to prevent disease and teach self-healing . . . everyday heroes and heroines who have made it through difficult circumstances and want to inspire others to do the same. In today's tumultuous world, we need these voices in the marketplace. Moreover, publishing a book has never been so simple, accessible, or affordable as it is today. So why are so many thought leaders, healers, and change-agents stuck at the starting line? This book will light the way--offering a simple, step-by-step path that takes authors from concept to finished book. In it, publishing veteran Kelly Notaras demystifies the publishing process and gives writers the tools, insider information, and inspiration to start strong, keep going, and get across the finish line as quickly as possible.

Fearless Confessions

By Sue William Silverman
  • Format : Pdf, ePub, Mobi, Kindle
  • Publisher : University of Georgia Press
  • Isbn : 0820336068
  • Pages : 256
  • Category : Language Arts & Disciplines
  • Reads : 995
  • File Pdf: fearless-confessions.pdf

Book Summary:

Everyone has a story to tell. Fearless Confessions is a guidebook for people who want to take possession of their lives by putting their experiences down on paper—or in a Web site or e-book. Enhanced with illustrative examples from many different writers as well as writing exercises, this guide helps writers navigate a range of issues from craft to ethics to marketing and will be useful to both beginners and more accomplished writers. The rise of interest in memoir recognizes the power of the genre to move and affect not just individual readers but society at large. Sue William Silverman covers traditional writing topics such as metaphor, theme, plot, and voice and also includes chapters on trusting memory and cultivating the courage to tell one's truth in the face of forces—from family members to the media—who would prefer that people with inconvenient pasts and views remain silent. Silverman, an award-winning memoirist, draws upon her own personal and professional experience to provide an essential resource for transforming life into words that matter. Fearless Confessions is an atlas that contains maps to the remarkable places in each person's life that have yet to be explored.