Friday, May 4, 2018
Naked, Drunk, and Writing: Shed Your Inhibitions and Craft a Compelling Memoir or Personal Essay
Lara is concerned with both personal narrative essays and memoirs (which are basically longer personal narrative essays). She starts the book off with the essay, talking about how to craft one, coming up with your angle, your tone, and using images. She takes a break to talk about getting yourself to write and the value of writing buddies before moving to talk more in depth about writing memoirs. While I'm not interested in writing one myself, I found her discussion of memoirs quite interesting, especially since I was also reading Cait Flanders' memoir The Year of Less (and it was, in my opinion, full of all the things Lara said NOT to include in your memoir - like making yourself out to be the victim and not having a satisfying conclusion - your memoir should be you looking back at the events long after they have ended, not you looking back at events while still in the middle of things). If I hadn't read Lara's book, I don't know if I would have been able to put my finger so easily on why exactly I didn't like Flanders' book.
That being said, I still feel like I'm floundering a bit as to the writing of a personal essay. Her advice on the actual crafting of it didn't quite gel in my mind. I'll probably have to give it a try and/or reread that chapter another time before it does.