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Writing Is My Drink

Writing Is My Drink

A Writer's Story of Finding Her Voice (and a Guide to How You Can Too)

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“Theo Nestor is a writer who, I am positive, will be heard from,” wrote Pulitzer Prize–winning author Frank McCourt, and hear from her we do in this enthralling memoir that doubles as a witty and richly told writing guide. Yet the real promise in Writing Is My Drink lies in Nestor’s uncanny ability as a storyteller and teacher to make sure we’ll also hear from you, the reader. Brimming with stories from her own writing life, and paired with practical “Try This” sections designed to challenge and inspire, this disarmingly candid account of a writer’s search for her voice delivers charming, wise, and often hilarious guidance that will motivate writers at every stage of their careers.
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  • Simon & Schuster | 
  • 272 pages | 
  • ISBN 9781451665093 | 
  • November 2013
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Writing Is My Drink Introduction
Two competing forces have dominated my life: a great need to please others and an equally powerful desire for expression, a tumbleweed that has grown in mass and velocity with the passing years. Now that I’m a writer and a writing teacher, I can safely say that expression will prevail, but the imprint of the small girl who tried to make herself smaller still shimmers within me, reminding me of the long way I’ve come to find my own voice and to trust it.

When I was seven, my... see more

About the Author

Theo Pauline Nestor
Andrew Carr

Theo Pauline Nestor

Theo Pauline Nestor is the author of How to Sleep Alone in a King-Size Bed, which was a 2008 Kirkus Review Top Picks for Reading Groups and a Target Breakout Book. An award-winning instructor, Nestor teaches the Certificate in Memoir Writing for the University of Washington in Seattle.

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