Breathe Life into Your Life Story: How to Write a Story People Will Want to Read

Breathe Life into Your Life Story: How to Write a Story People Will Want to Read

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Breathe Life into Your Life Story is an essential read for anyone who aspires to write a life story—but not just any story, one your family and others will actually WANT to read.

Written for both novices and experienced writers, this book presents techniques used by novelists to immerse readers into their fictional world—techniques like “showing” rather than just “telling”; creating interesting, believable characters and settings; writing at the gut level; alternating scene a

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  1. B. Copeland "B.C." says:
    11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars
    A Really Excellent Book!, August 6, 2007
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    B. Copeland “B.C.” (California) –
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    This review is from: Breathe Life into Your Life Story: How to Write a Story People Will Want to Read (Paperback)
    Where will your memories go when you’re gone? If you follow the suggestions in this book, you’ll pass them on in a lively form that people will want to read! Moreover, those readers will have a strong sense of your life: what happened to you, how you felt about it, and what you stood for.

    This book is fast-paced and fun. Easy-to-follow discussions, examples and learn-by-doing exercises help you organize and write your story. Large margins livened by quotations, titles, and drawings make it easy to refer back after you’ve finished reading a section – a real plus for seniors!

    Breathe Life into Your Life Story will show you how to use fiction-writer techniques to capture and keep reader interest. You’ll bring your characters to life by letting them speak for themselves. It’ll teach you to write so your readers visualize people and places exactly the way you see them in your mind’s eye. Best of all, it will help you write in your own personal voice, and the honesty of that voice will touch your reader’s heart.

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  2. drtg says:
    5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars
    How to Write a Story People Will Want to Read, August 7, 2007
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    drtg (Arizona United States) –

    This review is from: Breathe Life into Your Life Story: How to Write a Story People Will Want to Read (Paperback)
    The Thurstons have written a clever and lively how-to book with the tasty subtitle “How to Write a Story People Will Want to Read.” This is harder than you may imagine. Even the most interesting life can be written in a dull, lifeless way. The Thurstons want all of us to know that there are techniques that can be learned, and practiced, in pursuit of a lively, readable story.

    Much as an exercise instructor teaches his student to breathe and bend, to twist and turn, the authors transform the awesome task of writing into a series of rhetorical exercises. Step by step, they lead the prospective writer through the steps of building a proficiency in telling the story. They detail the pitfalls many writers face, and explain how to move from envisioning your project to bringing it to completion.

    Each lesson has a “Learn by Doing” exercise, designed to hone the skills taught and to give the writer the confidence to move on to the next step in the writing. In the margins are quick inspirations and, at times, hilarious observations by writers we know and respect. …

    Finally, … the authors take a holistic approach to writing. They insist, and I agree, that one’s entire life must go into the project. People who read your life’s history want to relive that life with you. They want to walk where you walked, even breathe the air you breathed, as much as is possible through the medium of the printed page. The authors are relentless in pushing the aspiring writer into achieving a great victory over the fear and uncertainty that face new writers.

    “Breathe Life into Your Life Story” is a great introduction to writing that even experienced authors will find helpful…. Maybe we should be aiming at developing the confidence, and the skills, required to pen an exciting autobiography. This book is an excellent place to start. It is highly recommended.

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  3. D. King says:
    4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars
    Highly Recommended, June 13, 2008
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    D. King (Federal Way, WA USA) –
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    This review is from: Breathe Life into Your Life Story: How to Write a Story People Will Want to Read (Paperback)
    I’ve purchased a few books in the personal history genre as gifts for friends and family. When I decided to start writing my own story, I reviewed what was available and then choose Morris Thurston’s book. I’m glad I did. I’m rating this five stars even though I’m less than half way through the book so far. I do this in good conscience because I’ve already gained far more than I expected from the entire volume.

    If taken seriously, Thurston’s book is not light reading because he gives assignments that take time. I have found these assignments interesting and beneficial. This is a book one must work through rather than simply read. The benefits received will be directly proportional to the effort expended.

    There are a number of products available to help people remember and record their past. While Thurston touches on the subject of recalling memories, his emphasis goes beyond that. He maintains is that it is not enough to recount memories, rehash facts, or preach wisdom. Rather, Thurston says authors will not make an impact unless they hold their readers’ interest. And in order to do so, Thurston recommends understanding and employing effective story telling techniques as used by good, professional writers. In doing so, Thurston does not suggest fabricating experiences. He simply encourages and shows authors how to tell their own experiences in an interesting way.

    You don’t have to be a professional writer to benefit from Thurston’s book. I’m no pro, and I have no ambition of sharing my (ordinary) story with anyone other than my descendents. But I didn’t want to risk the effort of writing a life history without it having much impact on anyone. So I am taking his recommendations to heart.

    I believe Mark Twain once said something like, “Of course, truth is stranger than fiction — fiction has to make sense.” Thurston shows authors how to tell their life stories in a way that makes sense.

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