The Worlds of R. A. Hortz
Drawing From Personal Experience to Create Features You Can Publish
By Fred D. White, Ph.D.
Quill Driver Books: 2004
Reviewed by Auggie Moore - Posted October 16, 2012
Life Writing: Drawing From Personal Experience to Create Features You Can Publish is more than just a how-to book on crafting a memorable memoir or autobiography. Rather, this guide examines how you can infuse any work of nonfiction with personal experiences in order to create a more dynamic and meaningful piece. This book was written by Fred D. White. He has published four textbooks on writing, and he brings his years of experience and expertise on writing to this book, presenting not only practical, but inspirational advice on the diverse subject he calls Life Writing. A term that White defines as "people-centered nonfiction writing."
Within the pages of this guide you will learn various techniques that will help you discover the wealth of personal experiences hidden within your own brain, and how you can most profitably insert these experiences into your writing. Along the way you'll also learn the basics of writing personal experience narratives, literary self-portraits, feature articles, and how to break into the numerous markets from newspapers and popular magazines to literary journal and commercial magazines.
In addition to teaching you the fundamentals of Life Writing, White also takes you through the entire writing process from brainstorming for ideas and outline your essay to crafting openings that will grab your readers' attention and closings that will make them remember your work. He also offers invaluable advice on finding your own unique voice and writing style, and he offers practical tips that will help strengthen your prose and improve your overall writing skills.
Life Writing is an inspirational book that will open up new avenues of writing - and potential markets that will publish your finished pieces. White's advice and instruction is clear and easy to follow, and he guides you through the entire life writing process. In addition, he provides numerous exercises throughout the book that will help you to solidify your understanding and skills at Life Writing. Even if you never intend on adding a personal experience or memory to your writing, this book will help to improve your overall writing skills. In addition, it introduces both novice and seasoned writers to the Life Writing arena, opening new directions that can be both fulfilling and lucrative.
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