Tuesday, November 5, 2013

Helping Writers Find Their Voice

Today I have a very special book recommendation: Writing Is My Drink by Theo Pauline Nestor. This book is equal parts inspiration and instruction, an excellent resource for novelists.

I was lucky enough to receive an ARC of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. And I can say, honestly, this book needs to be in your home library, in your personal writer's arsenal, at the ready in your writing space.

If you have ever struggled with finding your author voice, this book will change the way you write. What are you trying to say as an author? What is the point of your storytelling? We all have a reason for choosing to write what we choose to write. What is the legacy of words you want to leave behind, and how do you convey it in your writing?

In Writing Is My Drink, the author's own journey of discovering her voice helped me realize my own fears of writing too honestly. And it is not until you let go of those fears that your true voice can shine. In addition to sharing her personal ups and downs, each chapter ends with a list of writing exercises like no other I've seen in any writing craft books.

It's simply called "Try This."

Exactly--just give it a try and see what results. I love that mantra. The whole idea of this book is that too many of us are writing too safely, without even realizing it. TAKE A RISK and be honest with yourself. Be honest in your work.

The way the advice in this book is presented, in the style of a memoir with a touch of humor, makes it a fun and easy read, enabling the reader to digest it more readily than a textbook style craft book.

My favorite quote (checked against the final copy) is from chapter 8, "Find Your Tribe; Find Your Voice":

I wanted to understand my own experience, and I wanted to know that it was worthy of articulating, of being made into literature, that my desires and fears could be the arc a story climbs and falls on.

Is that not why most, if not all, of us have taken up this call to writing fiction? We write to be published, in hopes that our stories will in some way connect with the people who read them, but we first write whatever it is we write for our own therapy. And there is no shame is admitting this. In fact, I believe it is a necessary step in the writing process that every successful author has taken at some point.

If you are ready to dig deeper within yourself and take your writing to the next level of amazing, or even if you are just starting your writing journey, I highly encourage you to read and study Writing Is My Drink by Theo Pauline Nestor.


About the author:

Theo Pauline Nestor is the author of the memoir How to Sleep Alone in a King-Size Bed, which was selected as a "Target Breakout Book." Her work has been published in The New York Times, The Huffington Post, and numerous other places. An award-winning writing instructor, Nestor is also a founder of the Wild Mountain Memoir Retreat and the Black Mesa Writers' Intensive. Her blog lives at WritingIsMyDrink.com.

(you can also connect with her on Twitter and Facebook)


About the book:

release date: November 5, 2013
publisher: Simon & Schuster
available wherever books are sold
trade paperback and ebook formats
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Sharing her combined experiences as a daughter, graddaughter, wife, mother, friend, student, teacher, and everything in between, in WRITING IS MY DRINK: A Writer's Story of Finding Her Voice (and a Guide to How You Can Too), celebrated blogger and award-winning instructor Theo Pauline Nestor shows aspiring (and even seasoned) writers how they can use their own stories to unlock their writing potential, at any point in their lives. Whether you're aiming for a New York Times bestseller or a short, personal essay to share with family and friends, this book - part memoir, part writing guide - show you how, and provides plenty of laughs, tears, and aha moments along the way.

(description quoted from publisher's press release)