Courage & Craft

Writing your Life Into Story

Abercrombie, Barbara

Book - 2007
Average Rating: 4.5 stars out of 5.
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This book is for anyone who has always wanted to write about their life, but wondered how to get started, how to keep going, and whether it's even worth it. Veteran author and teacher Barbara Abercrombie explains how to put the messy details of the typical life into orderly, clear, and meaningful form. In reader-friendly language, she describes how to keep a journal, craft a personal essay, or write a memoir, autobiography, or work of fiction. The book includes lessons to embolden writers and practical guidelines for getting published, as well as a guide explaining how to "get real" with oneself as a writer and with one's expectations of getting published. Courage and Craft gives a nuts-and-bolts overview of the personal writing genre, exercises to keep the inner critic at bay, inspiration from writers who've been there, and practical advice for getting those words on the page and out into the world.

Publisher: Novato, Calif. : New World Library, c2007
ISBN: 1577316010
9781577316015
Branch Call Number: 808.06692 A144c 2007
Characteristics: xv, 157 p. ;,22 cm

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Jul 24, 2012
  • LauraO18 rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

Helpful and inspiring...made me want to write. Great information and good prompts. Also, I wonderful list in the back of books that the author recommends on writing, or memoirs, poetry books, autobiographies, and essay collections that could be helpful or inspiring in your path to writing about your life.

May 30, 2012
  • CharlieDog rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

I'm reading this on the Kindle - lots of great idea and in short chapters. Perfect!

Aug 20, 2010
  • Barblo rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

This is an excellent guide for anyone interested in learning the craft of writing. It's simple, yet insightful and down to earth, encouraging the reader to write from the heart and from their own experience. The lessons and exercises are practical ways to help you apply the things that are being taught in the book.

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