I have blogged at least once a week for the last eight years. First on my old metaphysical blog and then on this one.
One thing I have noticed is that some of my most popular posts have been those that shared my own experience. So today I wanted to share a wonderful resource that can help other writers do just that.
The book is called You Can’t Make This Stuff Up: The Complete Guide to Writing Creative Nonfiction–from Memoir to Literary Journalism and Everything in Between” by Lee Gutkind.
Gutkind is a great teacher and a very inspiring writer. For me, his book identified something which had, in a manner of speaking, been hiding in plain site. Creative nonfiction.
Creative nonfiction is a genre. It is lyrical and it is factual and it allows for the exploration of our own subjective truth. It a new name for an old friend. It is Hemingway and it is The New Yorker. Reintroduced, I felt that I had come home.
Gutkind does much more than define creative nonfiction, however. He teaches this new / old genre with subtlety and insight. While he is at it, he teaches writing, too. And that is no small feat.