On writing a memoir of the craft epub reader
King includes part of a rough draft and an edited draft of his story "". King talks about his early attempts to get published, and his first novel Carrie.
The third section is also autobiographical, in which King discusses the accident in which he was struck by a vehicle while walking down an isolated country road.
The things I appreciated about this book were many.
On writing: a memoir of the craft pdf
I loved her focus on emotion and on being brutally honest with yourself in your writing--questioning your own interpretation of events and being willing to build your questioning into the story you're telling really the only way to write a successful memoir, no? I think Bird by Bird can be of value to just about anyone, even people who don't write at all or even read very much. Karr quotes from the book at length and unpacks exactly how and why it works so well, an invaluable explication for any sort of writer. Way before poetry slams, he used to take us into bars or onto crowded buses to read out loud. Karr further encourages truthfulness by reminding the aspiring memoir writer that "what happened to you is enough"--in other words, there's simply no need to embellish, James Frey-style. King also talks about his fame as a writer, and what it took to get there. The first of these chapters was about Nabokov's Speak, Memory. Mary Karr's book, on the other hand, is really just for writers and for people who love good writing and want to know how it's done. I've never read Speak, Memory, and I'll admit that this chapter didn't make me want to, so I worried I'd find similar chapters deadly. King himself describes it as a guide for how "a competent writer can become a good one. Etheridge Knight must have succeeded in draining all the pretentiousness out of her, because for all her obvious, copious talent, she comes across as very real, honest, and unfussy in The Art of Memoir. He also uses quotes from other books and authors to illustrate his points. In the United Kingdom paperback version, a short story by Garret Adams entitled "Jumper" was included at the end of the book.
The challenge is to convey this to the reader in similar fashion--difficult, maybe, but it's easy to see how this leads to a better piece of writing in just about every circumstance. You received this information gradually and in various ways that all added up.
King also talks about his fame as a writer, and what it took to get there.
In the United Kingdom paperback version, a short story by Garret Adams entitled "Jumper" was included at the end of the book. He also uses quotes from other books and authors to illustrate his points.
Another valuable bit of advice I'd never heard expressed quite this way before: Present information in the way you received it. If your father was an alcoholic, chances are no one came up to you and announced this in plain English.
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