The authors push the aspiring writer to achieve a victory over fear and uncertainty. Breathe Life
is a great introduction to writing that even experienced authors will find helpful. It is highly recommended.
--Jeff Needle, AML ReviewerThe authors know the pain of learning to write well and are beside you through the struggle. If you stick with them they will make you a better writer.
--Richard Bushman, Gouverneur Morris Professor of History Emeritus, Columbia University
The Thurstons are both experienced writers of family history. Dawn is a writing teacher and Morris a retired lawyer. As a result, this book is unusually creative in trying to teach readers how to write; they have some very good ideas. --Deseret News
From the Back Cover
"This is a powerful book--and a kindly one. The authors know the pain of learning to write well and are right beside you through the struggle. The may shake you up a little with their concrete, practical recommendations, but if you stick with them they will make you a better writer. You will learn if only by paying attention to their own fluid style. They show as well as tell."
--Richard Bushman, Gouverneur Morris Professor of History Emeritus, Columbia University; recipient of the Bancroft Prize for From Puritan to Yankee: Character and Social Order in Connecticut, 1690-1795
"From a distance, writing looks easy. I know from personal experience it is not. The Thurstons' fun and useful guide to writing a personal history is full of sensible help and upbeat advice. The quotes alone make entertaining reading; but even more, each chapter is loaded with essential guidelines and good ideas, supported by apt examples. The book helps you bring your life into focus to write an engaging story."--Barbara Renick, professional genealogist and nationally known lecturer; author of Genealogy 101: How to Trace Your Family's History and Heritage