The Courage to Write

The Courage to Write

How Writers Transcend Fear

Book - 1995
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Baker & Taylor
Argues that anxiety over productivity is an integral and necessary part of the writing process, shows writers how to control their internal critics, and exposes false fears

Blackwell North Amer
In The Courage to Write, Ralph Keyes assures us that anxiety is felt by writers at every level, especially when they dare to do their best. Rather than define it as a block or impediment, as many books do, Keyes shows us that anxiety is an integral and even necessary part of the writing process and can be harnessed to produce honest and disciplined work. He describes the sequence of "courage points" through which all writers must pass - from the challenge of identifying a worthwhile project, to the "page fright" they experience when facing a blank sheet of paper, to the mixture of pride and panic they feel when examining a newly published book or article.
An author who has taught writing for nearly twenty-five years, Keyes knows well the voice in almost every writer that asks, "Will they see through me?" He explores the roots of that feeling of exposure in our fears of public "performance" and the judgment of family and friends, and teaches writers how to wrestle down their "censors in chief." He offers specifics on how to make the best use of writers workshops and conferences and handle criticism of works in progress, and he exposes the most common "false fear busters" (needing new equipment, a better setting, a new agent). Keyes includes the comments of many accomplished writers - including E. B. White, Pat Conroy, Amy Tan, and Rita Dove, among many others - on how they transcended their own anxieties to produce great works.

Baker
& Taylor

Draws on the experiences of accomplished writers to argue that anxiety over productivity is an integral and necessary part of the writing process, shows writers how to control their internal critics, and exposes the false fears of most writers.

Publisher: New York : H. Holt, [1995]
Edition: First edition
Copyright Date: ©1995
ISBN: 9780805031881
080503188X
Branch Call Number: 808.02 Ke 1995
Characteristics: x, 229 pages ; 20 cm

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