You don't have to be a gay writer to benefit from reading this book. Based on Christopher Isherwood's series of lectures, this is a generous gift from a successful admired writer to anyone who writes, or wishes to write. Isherwood is the author of "A Single Man" which became a movie recently. His "Berlin Diaries" became "Cabaret," a successful and acclaimed Broadway musical and Oscar-winning film with Lisa Minneli. And he deals with everything from writer's block to why write at all to plots and why writes with barely a plot, and what exactly is a novel, and how to write for Hollywood, etc. etc. A must-read for any writer, aspiring or established.