Tuesday, September 11, 2012

More on titles

After my recent (Aug. 24) post about book titles, I’ve heard from a few friends who shared some of their favorites on the writing craft. Pat Wahler, who blogs at www.critteralley.blogspot.com , told our critique group about Naked, Drunk and Writing: Shed Your Inhibitions and Craft a Compelling Memoir or Personal Essay, by Adair Lara. She called it a great book on writing memoir.

Lara is a writing instructor and the author of more than ten books. She won the AP Award for Best Columnist in California for her weekly column in the San Francisco Chronicle. You can read an excerpt on Amazon.com.

Another one of my favorite books on writing with a great title is Too Lazy to Work, Too Nervous to Steal – How to Have a Great Life as a Freelance Writer, by John Clausen. I discovered this book many years ago at my local library when my son attended a preschool program there. It’s one of those books written in a style that is comfortable and familiar, like a friend talking to you, but a smart friend who has lots of good information that is immediately pertinent and applicable.

So if you want some inspiration, check out these great books. Then tell me what you think, or add some others to the list!  

Write soon,


  1. Hi Mary! I, too, love the "Drunk" book. I somehow stumbled across it on Amazon a few months ago while I was searching for books on craft. I wrote about it on my blog and that's how Pat heard about it. I love knowing that blogs share great info and we all can gain from reading them! The book you mentioned has an awesome title, too, and one I've never heard of! Thanks!

  2. What a fun post!

    The titles of the books are great, and I love your labels: drunk and writing, naked, too lazy to work, too nervous to steal. Now, those labels will grab your attention!

    One book on writing with an unusual title that I have learned from is Pep Talks, Warnings and Screeds by George Singleton. Lots of humor along with helpful writing advice.

  3. Mary, thanks for this info. I will check them out.

  4. Thanks, everyone! It makes me think I should come up with a new title for my book! Strengthen Your Drink and Your Nonfiction Writing! I could have drink recipes for each chapter!

  5. I'm nearly finished with Naked, Drunk, and Writing (Lara chose that title because those are the words that get people's attention). Highly recommended for essay and memoir writers!!

    Thanks to Becky for bringing it to my attention on her blog!

    Critter Alley