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Courage and Craft: Writing Your Life into Story

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This book is for anyone who has always wanted to write about their life, but wondered how to get started, how to keep going, and whether it’s even worth it. Veteran author and teacher Barbara Abercrombie explains how to put the messy details of the typical life into orderly, clear, and meaningful form. In reader-friendly language, she describes how to keep a journal, craft ...more
Paperback, 160 pages
Published August 28th 2007 by New World Library
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Sarah Joyce Bryant
Nov 24, 2009 Sarah Joyce Bryant rated it it was amazing
Courage and Craft is a phenomenal inspirational guide for aspiring writers and experienced writers alike. I have been a closet writer for many years and recently enrolled in an MFA program. I have the same fears many new writers do and this book has really helped to inspire me. Not only does it give fantastic exercises to help spark your creativity, it gives lots of great advice about the writing process. Every time I feel like putting down the pen and quitting, I read a small section and it hel ...more
Apr 15, 2008 Tami rated it it was amazing
Whether you are a want-to-be writer who needs a little push in the right direction or are starting a journey of self knowledge, Courage & Craft is a good place to start. This book advocates regular journaling. I write in my journal on a daily basis. I find that not only do these entries serve as a good historical record of my journey but also get me into the practice of writing. Therefore, when I sit down to actually write, I don't find it quite as intimidating.

In the past few years I've re
Holli B
Mar 26, 2011 Holli B rated it really liked it
This one of the better reading books that I have come across. Instead of being preachy, I found the advice given by the author to be very beneficial in helping me get into the proper writing headspace. The exercises are helpful and are most useful in contributing to the building of a better writing habit. This is definitely going on my shelf of favorites.
Squirrel Circus
Apr 21, 2012 Squirrel Circus rated it liked it
As I am a total junkie when it comes to books about writing, I have become more discerning with every one that I read. This one is an easy read - that's a plus. It also covers the same ground as a lot of other similar books. That's not such a good thing. I didn't really have a standout "Wow! I've never thought about it that way.. " moment while I was reading it. Yes, I've read A LOT of books about writing, but I'm not at all burned out on them. This one just didn't seem to have a fresh viewpoint ...more
Jenna Arak
Jan 07, 2014 Jenna Arak rated it it was amazing
I loved this book. Absolutely loved it. As someone who wants to be a professional writer - and, in particular, a professional writer of personal essays and eventually memoir, this book felt like an incredibly concise textbook in the school of writing about your life. When I finished it, I immediately looked up Ms. Abercrombie and scoured the Web for opportunities to take her classes. She's incredibly smart and, it seems, incredibly supportive of her students and the general community of writers ...more
Juli Kinrich
Apr 18, 2013 Juli Kinrich rated it it was amazing
My friend gave this book to me this morning. I devoured it in less than a day. It is chock full of wonderful encouragement for anybody trying to drum up the courage to write. Stuffed with great tips on how to get started. Peppered with terrific little prompts to get you thinking outside the box. Flocked with examples drawn from the author's own writing process, and laced with examples of her students' writing experiences. If all that isn't enough, it is also lovingly basted with quotes from famo ...more
Sep 29, 2014 Karen rated it really liked it
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I regret that I had to rush through this (some other library patron had a hold on it) as it is the type of book to be lingered over and put into practice.
Aug 16, 2011 Stephanie rated it really liked it
Still reading this book but love it. I have been using some of the techniques with journal writing and it has helped me to get away from using my journal as a place to bitch and moan and transform that writing space into a time of thoughtful creativity.
Sep 09, 2008 Tanaya rated it liked it
Easy to read, good language, basic concepts but yet I still got a lot out of it. A good read for anyone returning to the page after quite an absence or someone who loves reading and writing and thinks they are ready to really start writing.
Jocelynne Broderick
Apr 02, 2013 Jocelynne Broderick marked it as skipped
Decided to skip because it came due at the library and also, I don't want to write a book about my life. I was hoping more for art journal topics, which this book may have had, but I didn't read it so I don't know. :D
Dec 15, 2009 Wendy rated it it was ok
Might be of more use to writers of commercial fiction? Narrator's presence is friendly and helpful, but there is not much new here.
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Barbara Abercrombie has published two novels for adults, plus books for children, including the award winning picture book, Charlie Anderson. Her novels have been optioned for films and published in six languages. Her essays, articles and poems have appeared in numerous magazines and newspapers, including The Los Angeles Times, The Christian Science Monitor and United Airlines Hemisphere magazine. ...more
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