Story Book: Essays on the History of the Book in the Philippines4.22 · Rating details · 9 Ratings · 2 Reviews
A sixteenth-century illuminated manuscript made in Manila, the first printers and publishers of the Philippines, the looting of the Augustinian library by the British, the clandestine activities of the Katipunan press, the successes and failures of Filipino novelists, and many more stories about Philippine printing and publishing. They're all here in this little book thatA sixteenth-century illuminated manuscript made in Manila, the first printers and publishers of the Philippines, the looting of the Augustinian library by the British, the clandestine activities of the Katipunan press, the successes and failures of Filipino novelists, and many more stories about Philippine printing and publishing. They're all here in this little book that speaks volumes about books.
Story Book takes you on a lively journey through the colorful pages of the history of the book in the Philippines....more
Paperback, 144 pages
Published May 2013 by Anvil Publishing, Inc.
7. Keep it interesting.
After you have written out a particular scene or event, go back and read what you wrote aloud. Check for any awkward phrasing or sentences that are bogged down with too many details. Your story should move the reader smoothly from one scene to the next.
Cutting out unnecessary words and overly long sentences can help your writing flow without being interrupted.
You writing should be descriptive. The best way to do this is to “paint a mental picture” with your words. For example, simply stating that Uncle Joe smelled bad after being sprayed by a skunk is not as interesting as describing everyone’s reaction to Uncle Joe when he walked into the room.
8. Use writing tools.
If you find that you’re struggling, autobiography templates can help you get started. Available in books and online (including on some genealogy websites), these tools present you with a series of questions about your life. You simply answer them, and the templates arrange your answers into story form.
A good dictionary, thesaurus, and word processing program are also indispensable tools when writing an autobiography. But don’t use big or complicated words in an attempt to impress your readers – instead, choose language that best helps you tell your story.
9. Edit your work.
Editing and improving your work can be a difficult process, even for a professional writer. Consider having friends and family read a draft – their suggestions could help you finish your autobiography more easily. And they may find spelling and grammar mistakes that you’ve missed.
Keep in mind that you don’t have to make their suggested changes – as the author, you have the final say.
Before you consider the work finished, you may want to set it aside for a few weeks, then read it with fresh eyes. Does it say everything you want to say? Is it missing important events, or are there stories you still want to recount?
At the same time, don’t fall under the spell of perfectionism. Your autobiography doesn’t have to be the greatest book ever written for your friends and family to enjoy reading it. They want to know what really happened in your life!
Writing your autobiography can be an enlightening and enjoyable process. By following a structured plan and working to keep your focus and motivation, your life story may soon be a reality that will be treasured by your loved ones for generations to come.