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Writing Your Life: Putting Your Past on Paper Paperback – December 1, 1996
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I didn't rush through the book, rather jotting down topics not addressed in my first memoir. I then finished a second memoir - An Island In Time II: Coming of age in the 1950's. Soon after writing this book, a publisher of pictorial history books contracted me to write Fox Island (Images of America: Washington).
Lou Stanek not only got me going in penning my second memoir, but I'm currently in the process of writing a third concerning my career as a teacher.
I usually sell my used books on writing after reading them; however, "Writing Your Life" remains in my library and I still check out its pages for inspiration.
In the first chapter Dr. Stanek says,"You have had an interesting, distinctive life, but who will know? think about your heirs. Family history ranks high as a legacy. My intention in "Writing Your Life" is to sort out the jumble of pain, pleasure, accomplishments and regrets you have accumulated."
Even if you don't plan on writing a book, get your life on paper.Read more ›
It was good and yet at times too wordy. I wanted it to be more to the point and less about the author and her life experiences. The manner in which Dr. Stanek's own life was presented could have been less complicated. I did not care for how it was interwoven into the chapters. At times it lacked clarity.
The exercises were good but could have been better.
I have learned more about writing memoirs through reading them.
I wouldn't consider this a reference book but one to provide inspiration and to get the juices flowing.
The book is not so much about the nuts and bolts of writing as it is about coming up with memories and ideas. She discusses such things as point of view, "show don't tell", avoiding cliches, and organizing your book in general terms but leaves more in depth discussions on writing to other books. You don't feel overwhelmed as if you've gone back to school to study english composition, something that could be off putting to any newbie writer.
At the end of each chapter there are exercises to do that are easy and fun. No drudgery to them at all; just do the ones that interest you or apply to your life. My own memories were stimulated while reading the book, and I sometimes had to stop reading to jot them down. I read the book without doing the exercises to avoid interrupting the flow of information but fully intend to go back and do them at my leisure.
I highly recommend that you read this book before any others on writing life stories. I'm very glad that I did. It is one book I know I will keep.
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This small book was helpful and informative in writing my memoir. I will keep it for reference as it did have some good points in it. Easy reading.Published 22 months ago by Barbara J. Anderson
I would recommend this book to anyone who is in the process or thinking of writing his/her memoirs. Book arrived before promised and is in very good condition.Published on December 17, 2012 by Slipper City
What a great, little book filled with big ideas! I am very satisfied with the condition of the book and the prompt delivery by the seller.Published on October 24, 2010 by Genet Jackson
The book was here before I expected it to be. It is exactly what I was looking for.Published on May 16, 2010 by Ms. Margaret Daboll
I ordered this book for a little inspiration only to find out I could barely get through the 1st paragraph! Read morePublished on February 28, 2000 by Amazon Customer