Writes of Life: Using Personal Experience in Everything You Write

Second Edition

Robert Yehling

Winner, Independent Publishers Book Award

Twelve Senses. Dreams. Travels. Relationships. Actions. Spirit. Achievements. Your Life. The IPPY Award–winning Writes of Life begins where your personal experiences and pen intersect—the starting point for great stories that touch others. In this compact book, journey to learn and practice the many ways to turn your experiences into compelling memoirs, short stories, essays, lyrics, poems, fiction, journaling, and articles of all types. Substantially revised from its original printing, and drawn from 20 years of workshops, Writes of Life features more than 50 exercises, input from noted authors, question-and-answer sessions . . . and many ways to turn life’s moments into written nuggets.

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  • Print ISBN: 978-1-941799-29-1
  • eBook ISBN: 978-1-941799-30-7
  • Publication Date: June 7, 2016
  • 138 pgs - 6 in. x 9 in. Trade Paperback
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Advance Praise for Writes of Life

“I can’t put it down. Your book is so rich with advice and insight, I feel that I could spend hours just reflecting on single paragraphs.”

—Sharline Chiang, editor, Brown is the New White, 2016 New York Times bestseller

“I’ve been having problems opening myself up creatively to tell my life stories with full aplomb. Until now. I will remember this as being the day I truly became a writer after years of having written.”

—C.G., Tampa, FL

About the Author



Robert Yehling is a writing instructor/coach, editor, author consultant, ghostwriter, and author of 11 books, including the heralded Just Add Water, a biography of autistic surf star Clay Marzo, and The Write Time: 366 Exercises to Fulfill Your Writing Life (Open Books Press). He is based in Southern California.