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The Writer's Mentor
Answers to the Most Frequently Asked Questions about Writing
Cathleen Rountree
ISBN: 9781573245708
Book (Paperback)
Conari Press
$16.95
7 x 9
274 pages
March 31, 2002


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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.

Cathleen Rountree is a writer, photographer, artist, and lecturer. The author of several books, including the bestselling decade series, On Women Turning Forty, On Women Turning 50, Rountree conducts workshops around the United States on helping people discover and celebrate their creative resources. A seventh-generation Californian, she resides in Northern California.
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