The Resource Writing what you know : how to turn personal experience into publishable fiction, nonfiction, and poetry, Meg Files

Writing what you know : how to turn personal experience into publishable fiction, nonfiction, and poetry, Meg Files

Writing what you know : how to turn personal experience into publishable fiction, nonfiction, and poetry
Writing what you know
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how to turn personal experience into publishable fiction, nonfiction, and poetry
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Meg Files
It's easy for people to write about their feelings in a journal. It's more difficult, however, to convert personal experiences into stories worthy of publication--fiction, non-fiction, or poetry. Filled with engaging exercises, Write from Life guides writers in identifying story-worthy material and transforming their raw material into finished pieces, through conquering fears associated with personal exposure, determining a story's focus, shaping the material into a cohesive whole, and editing and revising as needed. Writers working in any form will find this book invaluable for supplying them with the inspiration and practical instruction they need to get their experiences and emotions into print. In addition, they will learn to:Tap into difficult, guarded parts of their lives to tell the stories they desireWrite emotionally intense materialDecide which literary form is right for their storiesCreate the illusion of real speech with effective dialogueTell their stories with authorityDevelop effective beginnings, middles, and endsShare their work with others and deal with reactions courageously Files' friendly, encouraging advice makes it a pleasure for writers to write the stories they are most passionate about. In an age when publishing can mean pushing a button on Facebook, Twitter, or a blog, there is an enduring urge to send stories out into the world. In an atmosphere of misinformation and lies that social media and the ease of publishing may encourage, we especially crave truth. The time to start telling it is now--so many aspiring writers have truths worth sharing and stories begging to be told!Allworth Press, an imprint of Skyhorse Publishing, publishes a broad range of books on the visual and performing arts, with emphasis on the business of art. Our titles cover subjects such as graphic design, theater, branding, fine art, photography, interior design, writing, acting, film, how to start careers, business and legal forms, business practices, and more. While we don't aspire to publish a New York Times bestseller or a national bestseller, we are deeply committed to quality books that help creative professionals succeed and thrive. We often publish in areas overlooked by other publishers and welcome the author whose expertise can help our audience of readers
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Writing what you know : how to turn personal experience into publishable fiction, nonfiction, and poetry, Meg Files
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  • Title Page; Copyright; Dedication; Acknowledgments; Contents; Introduction; 1. Truthtelling: Finding the Best Story Material; What Are Our Stories?; How Do We Know Our Stories?; 2. Facing Down the Monsters: Quieting the Fears That Hold Back Stories; Stop and Write; Monsters; Stop and Write; Name Those Monsters; The Inner Mom; Bare Naked Cannibals; Born Too Loose; Roadkill; Point Blank; Fear of Not Flying; Stop and Write; Facing Down My Monsters; Facing Down Your Monsters; Talk Back; Eat Up; Bring on the Judge; Raise the Dead; Shoot; Collect Frequent Flyer Miles; The Meaning of Writer's Block
  • From Draft to DraftThe Big Questions; Spray and Wash; Unnecessary Words; Redundancies; Oops; The Unengaged Brain; Mixed Metaphors; Clichés; Writerisms; Body Parts; Bad Images, Bad Metaphors; Turning Purple; Practicing Purple; Knowing When to Quit; Permissions; About the Author; Index
  • It's All About YouVoice Lessons; Other Voices; He Said, She Said (Take 1); He Said, She Said (Take 2); Beginnings; Middles; Endings; Structure; Of Refraction and Diffusion: Poetry Lessons; Image = Truth; Line Breaks and Stanzas; Rhyme and Rhythm; Form; Playing with Form; Leaps and Surprises; Making Leaps; 8. Listening to the Critics: Dealing with Readers; Who Are Your Best Critics?; How to Play Critic; Dos; Marginalia; Don'ts; Workshop Hazards; Hard Hat Zone; Meg's House Rules; When Workshops Go Bad; Back to the Workshop; 9. Knowing What's True: Revising Stories; The Purpose of Drafts
  • Stop and WritePlaying With Blocks; 3. Jumping Into the Abyss: Understanding the Creative Process; Magnetism; Gravity; Bait; Here, Kitty Kitty Kitty; Care, Feeding, and Training; Bring on the Catnip; 4. Willing the Flesh: Applying Methods of Strong Storytelling; Language Matters; I Feel Your Pain; The Truth Is in the Details; How Do You Know Which Details to Include?; Tell, Don't Show; But Really-Show, Don't Tell; The Truth About Details; Show Yourself; Saying the Unsayable; 5. Telling It Slant: Using Indirection to Reveal Truth; Do Facts Matter?; Telling It Slant
  • What I Did on My Summer VacationAnd so She Told Him {u2026}; No Cheese, Please; From a Distance; Writing Slant; The Ladder of Tears; Can You Hear Me Now?; Practicing Slant; 6. Choosing Directions: Considering Genre Choices; Put Yourself on the Stand; Poetry or Prose?; Fiction and Nonfiction: The Three Differences; The Truth; Voice; Structure; Fiction or Nonfiction?; Reasons for Telling; Nothing But the Facts; The Voice of the Story; I'm Gonna Te-elll; Morphing Genres; Listen to Me; 7. Splashing in the Abyss: Applying Special Technical Tips; Swimming Pool Lessons; Voice; Speaking in Tongues
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