Writing from Life: How to turn your personal experience into profitable prose Paperback – 26 Nov 2010
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'I suggest you take it with you when you travel to work ... You will begin thinking, and often times those are the moments to begin a new journey. This book will prod you onward. Highly recommended.' --www.london-morning-paper.co.uk
This book will show you how your own personal experiences can provide you with an endless supply of ideas for your writing - whether fiction or non-fiction.See all Product Description
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I (probably naively) thought this would be a guide on how to turn your ideas (ie based on your life experiences) into stories that other people would be interested in reading. Ideas abound, but stories are trickier, requiring plot, conflict, character development, building tension, etc etc. And it's too easy, when writing about one's own life, to forget the reader. So I thought (or hoped) this might be a handy guide to writing good stories based on real life.
Sadly, the book is about how to generate ideas from your life, and ideas for places you can sell your writing.
As far as the idea generation - if you need this kind of guidance, then I doubt you have the creativity or drive to be a writer. This is all really basic stuff - eg, if you have kids, you could write about child-rearing, if you have a hobby, you can write about that, if you have interesting stories from your childhood, you could write about that, etc etc - all incredibly obvious. There are far better guides to idea-generation out there, things that really get your creativity going, rather than obvious advice like, "Write about your hobbies, write about your kids, write from your memories" etc
And in terms of places to sell - optimistic at best. I don't think I've ever seen a letters page in a magazine offer £25 for a contribution, for example, but this guide seems to think that top pay is available for all sorts of trivial activities. And of course, if you have no original ideas and don't know the basics of story writing, then you aren't very likely to sell in the first place.
I wish I hadn't wasted my money on this.Read more ›
This book covers every aspect of writing - and many you'd never have dreamed of - and tells you, simply and precisely, how to find ideas, write and get published. It's also a great read and a book you'll come back to time and time again.
Whether you want to write novels or letters, speeches or articles this book is brimming with ideas to get you started and will speak to YOU. And it's not just for beginners - it's an inspiring and insightful read for any writer.
I have read a lot of books about writing, but I keep very few and probably have less than half a dozen on my shelf. Lynne's will be up there with the rest of my keepers and she won't be gathering dust!
If you have it in your heart to write, along with the splinter of ice that Lynne refers to and which all writers will recognise, buy this book!
If you are thinking about taking a writing course, I suggest you buy this book first and work though it, whether you want to write for children or adults, feature articles to gothic horror, as it will show you how your own past can make your writing come alive.
Writing from Life demonstrates how to take all those things that you thought were fairly insignificant and make good use of them. Nothing goes to waste from noticing the colour of a leaf to baking a cake for you grandson. It talks you through how you can use personal experiences to put more emotion into your writing and provide vivid settings. There are examples and anecdotes not only from the author's life, but from a whole range of highly successful, professional writers, who talk about how they have used their personal experiences in their writing.
Each chapter contains exercises and tips that not only inspire you, but explain how YOU can make money from your writing by identifying the markets available to send your writing to.
This book is a `must have' for every writer's bookshelf.
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Very helpful inspirational in that encourages the reader to get round to get writing and stop procratinatingPublished 17 months ago by sisi18
I found this book very useful for my writing and I am a novice in this business.Published 18 months ago by Zara. Rez
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Simple direct cover. 2/5 Given the figures show very few people make any money from writing I wonder what the formulae might be ... Read more
easy to read - good ideas for starting to write about life in general as well as personal experiences - a must readPublished on 1 May 2013 by john beilby
For anyone starting out in writing the question of what to write about is a first consideration. This book helps you put personal experience to good use to produce both factual and... Read morePublished on 19 April 2013 by AnnW