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Writing your life : putting your past on paper

Author: Lou Willett Stanek
Publisher: New York : Avon Books, ©1996.
Edition/Format:   Print book : Biography : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"We all have stories to tell - of a rapturous first kiss, a life altering moment of choice, or the shocking revelation of a long-guarded secret. And these stories are often as distinctive, fascinating, exciting and entertaining as those found in the memoirs and autobiographies that currently top the nation's bestseller lists. We just need to know how to tell them best."--BOOK JACKET. "Veteran writing teacher,  Read more...
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Named Person: Lou Willett Stanek; Lou Willett Stanek
Material Type: Biography
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Lou Willett Stanek
ISBN: 0380786257 9780380786251
OCLC Number: 34591006
Description: xi, 179 pages ; 21 cm
Contents: Ch. 1. You Learn to Write by Writing --
Ch. 2. Writing Regularly --
Ch. 3. Giving Yourself Permission --
Ch. 4. Thinking Like a Writer --
Ch. 5. Keeping a Notebook --
Ch. 6. Achieving Distance --
Ch. 7. Childhood Memories --
Ch. 8. Families by Birth and Marriage --
Ch. 9. Families of Choice --
Ch. 10. Choices --
Ch. 11. Regrets --
Ch. 12. Missed Opportunities --
Ch. 13. Shame, Embarrassment, Confusion --
Ch. 14. Accomplishments --
Ch. 15. Points of View, Tone, and Voice --
Ch. 16. Irony --
Ch. 17. Including the Major Players --
Ch. 18. Including the Major Places --
Ch. 19. Myth and Memory: Reinventing, Reconstructing, Reordering --
Ch. 20. Focusing --
Ch. 21. Creating a Setting to Be Felt and Seen --
Ch. 22. Portraying, Describing, and Developing The Major Players --
Ch. 23. Show, Don't Tell --
Ch. 24. Adding Details --
Ch. 25. Language --
Ch. 26. Figurative Language --
Choosing a Title --
Becoming Your Own Editor and Critic --
Memoirs and Sources.
Responsibility: Lou Willett Stanek.
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"We all have stories to tell - of a rapturous first kiss, a life altering moment of choice, or the shocking revelation of a long-guarded secret. And these stories are often as distinctive, fascinating, exciting and entertaining as those found in the memoirs and autobiographies that currently top the nation's bestseller lists. We just need to know how to tell them best."--BOOK JACKET. "Veteran writing teacher, lecturer, and author of So You Want to Write a Novel, Lou Willett Stanek can help you translate your joys and ordeals, thoughts and triumphs into superbly crafted nonfiction - taking you step-by-step through the writing process with care, encouragement, and expert advice. She shows you how to unlock your memories, create settings and scenes, portray major characters and dramatic events. And she offers the key to finding your own unique voice, and to presenting your greatest character - yourself - without boring your reader or sounding egotistical."--BOOK JACKET.

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