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A thought provoking, informative, and inspiring book on writing personal essays or memoirs

  • Oct 11, 2010
Naked, Drunk, and Writing: Shed Your Inhibitions and Craft a Compelling Memoir or Personal Essay by Adair Lara is a thought provoking, informative, and inspiring book on writing personal essays or memoirs.  Lara, who wrote a weekly column for the San Francisco Chronicle for twelve years and won the Associated Press Award for Best Columnist in California, uses her experiences as a columnist, author of more than ten books, and writing instructor to guide you through the writing process from coming up with an idea to write about to selling your essay to a magazine or your book to a publisher.
As a writer who focuses on writing essays and memoirs, it makes sense that Lara’s book on writing is not a dry, technical writing manual.  It’s engaging and full of stories.  I found it enjoyable to read, as well as informative and educational. 
The first part of the book is short and goes into why writing down your stories is common and the importance of craft.  Part two focuses on the personal essay going into the elements of a successful essay and a chapter on angle. 
The third part of the book covers techniques and practices for essay and memoir.  The chapters in this part of the book cover tone, image, how to trick yourself into writing, working with other writers, and rewriting your work.  These chapters provide good advice on important ingredients of the craft of writing.
Part four is on the memoir and has chapters that cover planning your memoir, what goes in it and what doesn’t, and how to write narration and scene.  These are important considerations for this type of writing. 
The final part of the book is on getting published.  There are many other books with this a sole focus, but Lara does a decent job of sharing some tips and suggestions from her experiences on selling your essays and publishing your memoir. 
The book concludes with a short Epilogue that shares some of what you get when you write from life.  Things like enrichment, changing relationships, and giving your life meaning.  There is also an Appendix that contains a short recommended reading list and a number of pages of writing exercises and a couple of tips regarding using computers for your writing. 
Overall, I enjoyed reading this book, and found it to have some great advice for writing in general, and especially for writing essays and memoirs.  If you are interested in this type of writing, I recommend this book.  Not only for the practical advice it contains, but also for the motivation and inspiration reading it provides.

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October 23, 2010
I've been trying to influence my much older father to write his life story as well as what he knows of his family history- he's led a fascinating life and comes from historically relevant people. I wish I had read this review first! I just ended up giving him an All About Me book because I didn't want to overwhelm him. But, maybe if he hasn't started on that- I'll have to get him this one! Thanks!
October 24, 2010
You are welcome. Hope he likes the book and gets to writing his story for others to enjoy and learn from.
October 18, 2010
Nice review, Alain!
October 18, 2010
Thanks Adrianna!
October 18, 2010
No problem. How long have you been writing reviews?
October 19, 2010
It was at the end of 2007 that I started writing reviews, and I've done a little over 350 of them since then. I've always loved to read, and also watch a lot of instructional videos, so I started reviewing them too.
October 19, 2010
Nice! You have quite the collection of reviews under your belt then. I fell into it simply because I love to read, and I wanted to try and remember the books I had read in the past. Now, I can't get enough of it. I'm reviewing lots of things I never thought I would. :)
October 18, 2010
This book sounds wonderful and the title is hilarious. I'll have to check it out. Thanks for sharing, Alain!
October 18, 2010
If you want to write essays and memoirs, it's a good read. She says she picked that titled because naked in the title would get attention.
October 18, 2010
Ha, and it did get my attention! Thanks for the recommendation :)
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“Very savvy and smart and hugely entertaining.”
--ANNE LAMOTT, author of Bird by Bird
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ISBN-10: 0578012456
ISBN-13: 978-0578012452
Author: Adair Lara
Publisher: Scottwall Associates,Publishers

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