Writing from Personal Experience: How to Turn Your Life into Salable Prose

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F+W Media, Mar 15, 1997 - Reference - 208 pages
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Nancy Davidoff Kelton takes you step by step through getting it down and getting it out. Through this guide's thirty-nine chapters, you'll learn how to write your life, and how to prepare, submit and sell your story. You'll get solid advice on ideas - how to spot them, enjoy them and jot them down; first drafts, and the value in simply telling the story and revising later; establishing a writing routine, and keeping it; the hows and whys on keeping a journal; using humor to share personal stories; preparing manuscripts; networking - when it helps, when it doesn't, and handling rejection, and acceptance. A teacher and a writer, Kelton enriches these pages with her own personal experiences. The book is filled with anecdotes from Kelton's life and career. You'll soon be gently prodding your memories and emotions with the book's exercises, such as writing an open letter that shares your deepest thoughts, a character sketch of someone who touched your life, or a memory from childhood.

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User Review  - snowangel51 - LibraryThing

Nancy Davidoff Kelton does an excellent job of covering all the bases. The chapters are short and to the point. Her advice and the exercises are very helpful. I especially loved the examples of her ... Read full review


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Kelton is a successful writer whose work has been featured in publications such as the New York Times, Redbook, and Writer's Digest. She has taught at the New School, New York University and the International Woman's writing Guild.

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