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

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Potter/TenSpeed/Harmony, Aug 31, 2010 - Language Arts & Disciplines - 256 pages
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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.


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Contents

That Which Is Most Personal Is Most Common
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The Inconvenient Importance
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KEEP IT SMALL 13 WHAT QUESTION omvzs YOUR ESSAV?14
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Whats Your Angle?
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HOW TO rmo AN ANGLE 37 HOW TO use SETUP
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ARE vou FUNNY? 47 BE A SCREWUP 54 WATCH YOUR TONE
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The Luminosity of the Particular
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YOUR SENSESI 65 BUILD IMAGES WITH SPECIFIC DETAILS
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THE DREAD NECESSITY OF INNER EMOTIONAL LANDSCAPE
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APPLV PART A auTT T0 PART B ciiAR 82 WRITE EVERY
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HOW WRITING PARTNERS MAKE vou WRITE 91 HOW
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About the author (2010)

ADAIR LARA wrote a twice-weekly column for the San Francisco Chronicle for twelve years, taught in the MFA program at Mills College, and won the Associated Press Award for Best Columnist in California. She leads sold-out writing workshops in San Francisco, CA.


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