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An honest and humorous step-by-step guide on how to write and how to manage the writer's life. From "Getting Started," with "Short Assignments," through "Shitty First Drafts," "Character," "Plot," "Dialogue." All the way from "False Starts" to "How Do You Know When You're Done?" She discusses writer's Block, writing Groups, and the challenges and misconceptions of publication. Lamott encourages, instructs, and inspires.
"I've used this book over and over. It's one of the few books on writing I'll have anything to do with. The best thing it does for students is to make them feel that they are not alone in their struggles to write. Often they will come to me after finishing the book and say, 'I never knew anyone else felt this way.'" —Susan Perabo, Assistant Professor, Dickinson College, Carlisle, PA
"Superb writing advice . . . . [H]ilarious, helpful and provocative." —New York Times Book Review.
"A warm, generous and hilarious guide through the writer's world and its treacherous swamps." —Los Angeles Times.
"A gift to all of us mortals who write or ever wanted to write. . . . [S]idesplittingly funny, patiently wise and alternately cranky and kind—a reveille to get off our duffs and start writing now, while we still can." —Seattle Times.