Writing Life Stories

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  • Edition: 2nd
  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 7/1/2008
  • Publisher: Writers Digest Books

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Whether you're creating a memoir or a personal essay, writing about your own life can be a daunting task: How much do you remember? What's important to include in your story? What about truth and artistic license? How do you even get started mining a life's worth of memory?

Table of Contents

Prefacep. 1
Introductionp. 3
Getting Startedp. 10
Memoryp. 25
Scenemakingp. 44
Big Ideasp. 65
Characters and Characterp. 87
Stage Presencep. 120
Finding the Factsp. 137
Metaphor and Meaningp. 158
Saying it Rightp. 179
Building a Buildingp. 203
Getting Publishedp. 218
"Into Woods"p. 239
"The Olive Jar"p. 249
"On Apprenticeship"p. 265
Suggested Readings in Creative Nonfictionp. 270
Indexp. 292
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