In The Writers Mentor, bestselling author, teacher, and writing coach Cathleen Rountree addresses the most common dilemmas of both aspiring and professional writers. Written in a question-and-answer format, this book stands apart from other books on writing by its linking of practical information on effective writing strategies with inspirational stories from the lives of famous writers.
Cathleen Rountree responds to such questions as: How do I get ideas for writing? What should I do when I am stuck and just staring at a blank page? What is the best time of day to write? How do I set a writing schedule? What can I do to achieve a state of "flow" when writing?
In anwering these questions, she shares not only what she has learned from her own experiences in writing and publishing eight books, but also many of the writing secrets of famous literary figures--from fiction, nonfiction, and poetry. Included are tips from Anne Tyler, Mark Twain, Arthur Miller, Margaret Atwood, Tennessee Williams, Maya Angelou, Ernest Hemingway, Diane Ackerman, Virginia Woolf, Isabel Allende, Pablo Neruda, Doris Lessing, and more. Included in each chapter is a feature called "The Writer's Mentor Suggests," which gives readers a list of concrete suggestions and tips around the writing topic. A wonderful feature in every chapter is a look at the writing life through films such as The Shining, Bridget Jones' Diary, and Shakespeare in Love.
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The Writer's MentorA Guide to Putting Passion on PaperAnswers to the Most Frequently Asked Questions About Writingby Cathleen RountreeAn awesome help to any writer this book has over 270 pages of ideas, wisdom and most of all support and guidance in all the right places. Cathleen has definitely struck a comfortable balance between to strict a format or to vague suggestions, she has lead us right down the middle to finding a way to take what is inside us and bring it to the world. Writing is clearly a place where the term different strokes for different folks applies, and I especially enjoyed how each section started with a question because that way I could feel whether it was a chapter that I needed help with or not. The author in her wisdom has selected topics like writing blocks, scheduled writing, style and genre. I loved the gentle way this was presented, I feel that writing for many of us can be frustrating enough without someone else adding criticism or judgement to the mix. I would recommend this enlightened how-to to anyone who has the calling and the desire to put pen to paper. Thanks Cathleen, we all needed this one.Love & Light,Riki Frahmannread more
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