Catherine Deveny is a tough mistress. She asks the one question that every would-be, woe-begotten, word-clogged writer hates being asked: “Why aren’t you writing already?” So often, writing can seem like a distant aspiration, a faint bubble shining on a distant horizon that shimmers promisingly. It’s not. It’s bloody hard work, and Catherine helps you pull your finger out with timed exercises, industry anecdotes and tough love. She won’t hold your hand and you won’t write a masterpiece, but you will get started.