Drawing on 20 years of helping new and experienced writers stay motivated and get the job done, this mentor's straight-talking guide demystifies writing and the writing life. The book illustrates easy-to-use techniques to write fiction and nonfiction, develop ideas, hone the writer's voice, bring characters to life, master point-of-view and keep readers engaged. Shares stories and examples. Discusses writers groups, revisions and how to get happily published. Original.