Naked drunk and writing shed your inhibitions and craft a compelling memoir or personal essay
During their experience, she is ignored, patronized, misdiagnosed, sedated, and writhing in pain through most of the 15 hours she is there. This well-crafted writing moved me to tears and stayed in my mind for hours afterward. An incredible example of memoir that meets its reader on multiple levels: personal, political, and universal. As creative writing self-help books go, this was an exhiliarating read.
She is very savvy and smart and hugely entertaining. The award-winning author of an autobiographical newspaper column, Adair Lara has written more than ten books, including the memoir Hold Me Close, Let Me Go. Packed with insight and wit, Naked, Drunk, and Writing is the culmination of her extensive experience as a writer, editor, and teacher. In this instructive and refreshingly irreverent guide, she shows aspiring writers how to cast off self-doubt and become skilled storytellers. Her writing is simultaneously vibrant, wise, and laugh-out-loud funny, putting even the most reserved writers at ease. Through interactive exercises and illuminating examples and anecdotes, Lara coaches writers to take small, manageable steps to break out of their shells and to write with an honesty that is deeply personal.
There may never be anything new to say, but there is always a new way to say it. Of course Stan could have just blurted out to his readers that he was about to be forty and realized many of his dreams remained unfulfilled. But that would be the direct approach. In life, directness is good. In writing, not so good.
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