Today’s giveaway item is Naked, Drunk and Writing by Adair Lara.
Best book on writing I’ve ever read (and since 1992 I’ve read several per year). Why? It’s a catalyst for writing consistently. If you want to write essays or memoir it also provides the details you need to know about structure (think of it as the skeleton of article or book). An outline of questions that makes it (almost) effortless to know the heart and soul of your tale.
Lara illustrates her points with sample writing from her students. She teaches about craft (the quality that makes writing come alive and hold a reader’s interest). You’ll learn fine writing. Like a fine wine, quality writing has character and personality. Yours. Illustrated with well chosen, specific details.
Most importantly, she shares insights from personal experience that help writers sit butt in chair and write. She anticipates excuses because she’s been there. And has heard them all from her students.
I bought an earlier self-published version of this book at Book Passage (a favorite Bay Area Bookstore) the day after I discovered an ending to a book I’d been contemplating for months. Weeks later I was in Adair’s memoir workshop beginning that book. The in-progress book lead to this blog. The ending of my book has changed and the essay has found an exciting home. That magical moment, a slow circular journey to Svefn – g – Englar changed my relationship with time itself, is the story I’ve chosen to include in my forthcoming anthology: Transformational Power of Dance.