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Writing from Personal Experience: How to Turn Your Life into Salable Prose 1st. ed Edition
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Top Customer Reviews
This book is simple and quick to read. It contains exercises after each chapter that will guide the writer to digging deep into one's self to bring out those personal stories. It made me think about happy and sad events from childhood that I had not thought about in years. It will instantly provide you with many topics or moments from your life in which to write about.
After completing the thirty-nine chapters in this book, I feel that I am prepared to complete my book...a collection of personal essays. The author takes the reader step by step into unlocking the emotions, memories and expressions of your past and present. She also teaches the writer the basics that are sometimes taken for granted, but so essential for good writing.
Many of the author's classroom students have sold pieces to The New York Times and other places. She shares many stories about her students and how important rewriting is to the success of any work. She defined writing from the inside versus the outside. She also shed light on defining those that really want to be writers and those that just love the idea of being a writer and enjoy doing everything that writers do ...except write a book.
I encourage any growing writer to read this book. Sometimes you never know what you are missing...until you find it. I found it in this book.
PAMELA JARMON, AUTHOR OF "SINGLE PARENT SUPPORT"
The primary focus is content, not grammar or style. Kelton conveys her wisdom using an abundance of examples from her own writing as well from many of her students. She has a special ability to discover proper tone in writing that enables a connection with readers, an invaluable tool for successful writing.
Kelton's lessons are a main ingredient in what separates amateurs from professional writers, and thus this book is well worth your time if you desire to transition into the latter.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Kelton gets you to write! And that is why I bought this book. She is direct and tells you what you have to do and then helps you do it with practical exercises. Read morePublished on December 21, 2010 by Robin S. Dilg
The next best thing to taking Nancy Kelton's class (which I've done twice) is buying this book. It is for anyone who wants to grow as a writer and is willing to practice, practice,... Read morePublished on October 19, 2002 by Renee
The book is simple, honest, and very well set up. The reader will get the impression that they are sitting in one of Ms. Kelton's classes. Read morePublished on August 30, 2002 by Heartoflight
Nancy Kelton has written a very astute guide to writing about what is important in each person's life. Read morePublished on June 4, 2002 by Carol Hoenig
The author basically tells of techniques with which she's had success in her writing classes, and has exercises for you at the end of each chapter that are very helpful, too. Read morePublished on March 1, 2002 by Carol
I can't wait to get started on the exercises! Ms Kelton does a wonderful job a validating the reader's desire to write and encouraging writing for the sake of writing. Read morePublished on September 14, 1999