Courage and Craft: Writing Your Life Into Story

Barbara Abercrombie
Published in 2007
by New World Library

“Here is my goal for you with this book: by the time you finish it you’ll have written a crafted story about your life, either a short piece or the opening chapter of a book,” writes author and writing instructor Barbara Abercrombie in the introduction to this book offering guidance for anyone looking for ways to get started. In five chapters, Abercrombie covers the nuts and bolts of journal writing and guides writers through the genres of creative nonfiction, auto-fiction, and poetry with personal anecdotes and prompts. The final chapter explores the writing life and discusses the benefits of writing courses, publishing, writing rituals, and more. Written in a playful and approachable tone, Abercrombie posits that “writing is about discovering who you really are, where you’ve been, and where you’re headed.” The lessons from this book will energize all writers to stop dreaming and begin writing.