Writing Is My Drink: A Writer’s Story of Finding Her Voice (And a Guide to How You Can Too) (Simon & Schuster, 2013) is a memoir about coming of age as a writer and moving out of self-doubt. Writing Is My Drink combines my own stories of becoming a writer, writing advice, and (really helpful and not stupid) writing exercises.
From Publishers Weekly:
A long time before I wrote regularly and a very long time before I was published, I knew there was a writer inside me, Nestor explains in this guide and memoir. In an effort to connect with readers feeling the same way, Nestor (How to Sleep Alone in a King-Size Bed) digs deep to share her experiences (including stories about her alcoholic parents), how they’ve impacted her writing, and what she’s learned along the way. Though literary risk taking is the key to creating a meaningful personal narrative and finding one’s voice, Nestor makes no bones about the difficulty of this endeavor. She discusses struggles with self-doubt and the pains of sharing one’s writing in workshops—lessons that will ring true for most budding authors. Nestor clarifies her points by summing up each chapter with a list of suggestions for overcoming various literary struggles. Those interested in honing their writing skills will get the most out of the book, but even seasoned writers will pick up a trick or two.
From Kirkus Reviews:
The author takes readers on the winding path of discovering her writing life as she uncovered that inner voice and found the courage to express her opinions, tackle graduate school and become a writing instructor. With honesty and humility, Nestor voices the thoughts many writers, especially female writers, often feel… “Writing offers promise,” writes the author. “At its best, writing comes from the wild place, from the home of the undomesticated, the untamed, the feral. The place that promises that we can bend time and space, the place beyond practicality, punctuality, and iPhones.” With the use of the numerous writing exercises included at the end of each chapter, readers will unleash their own potential and find their own wild, untamed writing voices.
As though she’s your own personal writing coach, best-selling memoirist Nestor (How to Sleep Alone in a King-Size Bed, 2008) guides novice and established writers alike in the fine art of creative writing, using her own personal learning curve to chronicle how she found the courage to become the writer she always knew she could be. Nimbly traversing such daunting obstacles as writer’s block and candidly admitting to warts-and-all failures, Nestor ends each chapter with writer’s workshop exercises designed to both inspire and enhance one’s writing skills.