Naked, Drunk, and Writing: Shed Your Inhibitions and Craft a Compelling Memoir or Personal Essay

Adair Lara
Published in 2009
by Ten Speed Press

“What goes on between a writer of personal true-life stories and the person who reads them is like a friendship—and real friendship is exchanging secrets, taking hostages, rolling over like a dog and exposing your soft throat.” With a straightforward and irreverant style, author and columnist Adair Lara guides writers through the journey of personal essay and memoir writing, from how to approach inspiration and raw material, to techniques and writing routines, to taking steps toward publishing. The book also includes an appendix with a reading list, useful texts, and writing exercises.