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Naked, Drunk, and Writing: Shed Your Inhibitions and Craft a Compelling…

by Adair Lara

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Subtitle: Writing Essays and Memoirs for Love and for Money. Good, basic guide to writing relevant, sellable personal essays and memoirs. The author draws on her own writing and teaching experiences for the bulk of the advice, but keeps up a humorous tone throughout. Unfortunately, quite a few typos that made the book seem slightly less polished than it might have felt otherwise. Overall though, great resource for students. ( )
  Elishibai | Jul 28, 2010 |
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 158008480X, Paperback)

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.

(retrieved from Amazon Mon, 30 Sep 2013 13:18:53 -0400)

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"A guide that shows writers how to create a compelling memoir or personal essay, with advice on structure, technique, revision, publication, and conquering writer's block"--Provided by publisher.

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