About The Story Within
Everyone has a story. It’s just a matter of knowing where to find it. The Story Within: New Insights and Inspiration for Writers is a modern-day treasure map for fiction and creative nonfiction writers in search of their subject.
The Story Within is crafted to resemble a memoir, making it an engaging but informative read and setting it apart from many other writing how-to guides. Oliver uses compelling personal anecdotes, drawn from her experiences as a teacher, student, mother and wife, along with brief literary examples to illustrate her points, which include:
Why we write—to understand our own histories, to clarify what has never made sense, to fill our innate sense of longing, to connect with ourselves and others, and of course, to entertain
Why we don’t—fear! Procrastination is just perfectionism’s delaying tactic and because we fear our “personal critic” (the voice in our heads that says we are too lazy, too undisciplined, or too late to be writers)
How to ignite your inner writer—Oliver teaches readers the science behind inspiration, how to connect with the creative right brain at will. She gives readers tips for getting started and takes them step-by-step through the process of finding a subject, voice and creative points of entry.
Skills of the craft—embedded in a story, readers get substantive guidance on all aspects of writing well: setting, voice, plot, humor, dramatization, dialogue, making what happened what mattered
Skills of the spirit—how to use your intuition, choose your genre, handle time, jealousy, rejection, writer’s block, publication, how to use the past, how to write with children, all while maintaining the magic of the writing life
Packed with writing prompts that inspire both experienced writers and newcomers, The Story Within gives readers an inside look at tips that have made Oliver’s writing workshops so extraordinarily popular. The book addresses the writer, the work, and taking it into the world. Ultimately the book demonstrates that the rules which make writing authentic make our lives authentic as well.
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