Writing the Memoir: From Truth to Art, Second Edit 2nd Edition
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- Publisher : The Eighth Mountain Press; 2nd edition (February 1, 2002)
- Language : English
- Paperback : 224 pages
- ISBN-10 : 0933377509
- ISBN-13 : 978-0933377509
- Item Weight : 8.8 ounces
- Dimensions : 5.4 x 0.5 x 8.4 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #413,053 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Barrington's topics include selecting your material, setting a scene, fleshing out descriptions by using your senses and historical events, moving smoothly back and forth through time--all ways to bring your writing alive and make sure it can be meaningful to the reader. She also helps you face painful aspects of your past and figure out how to express them productively in a memoir.
Internet use has expanded greatly in the couple decades since the book was published. It would be interesting to hear how Barrington thinks the modern Web changes research, getting feedback, and handling publishers--or even self-publishing.
I read this book and marked it up!! It isn't just a fantastic reference guide, it is a thought-provoking look at the Art of Memoir and the ample array of styles, characteristics and qualities a Memoir can take on.
When you lose your fear and allow yourself to be intimate with the details of your story, a Memoir can be juicer than the best Fiction novel.
I love how Judith elaborates on the import of True Memoir writing and what makes it an incredibly unique genre from other Non-Fiction.
Her expertise in writing pushes you to examine the traditional perceptions of the term Memoir and see it in a whole new light.
She shares what makes for the most fertile of subjects and getting over any 'grapplings' you might have about how to present your story. She provides value in her book, sharing details about what makes an author's own Memoir writing become something of great value to others.
This book is thoughtfully executed down to every example and recommendation-- including answers to critical question a published or an apprentice writer might have.
Judith Barrington clearly wrote it with the purest intentions of assisting all true writers.
I have finished Chapter 3 of my own work and got stuck with Chapter 4. I started writing my memoir last October and glad to know that it takes time even for seasoned writers to finish their own work.
One good advice I learned from the author, Judith Barrington, is that when you get stuck with your writing like you have a writer's block you have to take a break - read, talk a walk or do something else - to relax your mind. While reading this book, I got some ideas that require rewriting Chapter 3 of the memoir I am writing and lay down the ground works for Chapter 4 and the subsequent chapters.
The exercises in this book will help one planning to write a memoir determine which part of one's life could be potential materials. After reading this book, I can see that there are many parts in our lives that can be turned into books.
I highly recommend this book for those who are planning to write memoirs. Barrington has myriads of writing tips that will be of help. One is that you don't really have to be famous to write a memoir. There are stories even in ordinary lives. It's more of a question on how to dig in a potential gold mine.
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'The great essayist, Montaigne understood that "in an essay, the track of a person's thoughts struggling to achieve some understanding of a problem is the plot, is the adventure." Your reader has to be both entertained by the story itself and interested in how you now, looking back on it, understand it.'
A treasure-trove of thoughtfully organized information and excellent suggestions for extra reading, it's also (and this is perhaps the best part for me) a fascinating read in itself. Perhaps a more informative thumbs-up would be the fact that my copy has underlining and/or highlighting on nearly every page, which I don't normally do. I'm nearly finished reading it, and when I'm done I'm going to start it again so I can pick up anything I might have missed the first time around.
If I had been lucky enough to discover this book first, I could have saved myself a good deal of money and time.