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Every person's life tells a story, but few of us dare to consider our own story worthy of being written. Tristine Rainer shows us how to apply the structure of story telling to an ordinary life to give it shape, meaning, and clarity. Learning the tricks to becoming a better autobiographic writer may not lead to getting published, nor should that be the goal. Rather, it is a process that helps us re-remember the past so that we can better understand the meaning of the present. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
In The New Diary, written 20 years ago, Rainer held that the diary as a literary genre is "a tool for personal growth and for realizing creative potential." This, her latest effort, purports to be a hands-on guide to the craft of autobiographical writing, but it is more like a self-help guide to finding peace and self-fulfillment. Rainer defines the new autobiography as "the application of story structure to...life experiences to give them meaning. It's reading your life as if it were a dream." Her guide is weak on story structure, and only in the final two chapters and appendixes does she address the mechanics of editing and submission (including Internet publishing). For Rainer, the motivations of the writer supersede the quality of the writing and the expectations of the intended audience. Not recommended for serious writing collections, though libraries with writing groups may want to consider because of the support and encouragement offered to the novice.?Denise S. Sticha, Seton Hill Coll., Greensburg, Pa.
Copyright 1997 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
If you're writing a memoir, this is the book you need! SOOO encouraging. Must memoirs have an arc like a novel? YES. How to figure out where your arc is? Tristine tells you. Read morePublished 20 hours ago by Marla Cooper
This is a fantastic book! I find myself underlining huge passages and highlighting many more. It is the best book I've ever read on how to write about your life. Read morePublished 27 days ago by Tricia
Wonderful book that I bought for the 2nd time (used it as a text years ago in a memoir class at Rollins college in Winter Park, FL). Read morePublished 28 days ago by Happy Amazon Customer
I just completed reading the book and regret I wasn't aware of it when it first came out. It has inspired me to start writing my own life story. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Saundra Jean Raynor
Although there are many more books on the market about how to write memoir, this one is a classic. Published in the 90's, it was recommended lately by a published author who has... Read morePublished 6 months ago by C.A.Lutes
This book was used in my memoir writing class. The book is very helpful - thorough, engaging, and practical. Read morePublished 6 months ago by Robin B.