The Courage to Write: How Writers Transcend Fear

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Henry Holt and Company, Oct 1, 2003 - Language Arts & Disciplines - 224 pages
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Katherine Anne Porter called courage "the first essential" for a writer. "I have to talk myself into bravery with every sentence," agreed Cynthia Ozick, "sometimes every syllable." E. B. White said he admired anyone who "has the guts to write anything at all."An author who has taught writing for more than thirty years, Ralph Keyes assures readers that anxiety is felt by writers at every level and can be harnessed to produce honest and disciplined work., Keyes offers specifics on how to make the best use of writers' workshops and conferences and how to handle criticism of works in progress; he also exposes the most common "false fear busters" (needing new equipment, a better setting, a new agent). Throughout, he includes the comments of many accomplished writers--Pat Conroy, Amy Tan, Rita Dove, Isabel Allende, and others--on how they transcended their own anxieties to produce great works.

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I would recommend this book to any aspiring writer. - Goodreads
Not writing constitutes the ultimate triumph of fear. - Goodreads
My absolute favorite writing book!!! - Goodreads

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User Review  - Jeff - Goodreads

Dare I say it? "An encouraging book." Plenty of why to, how to, and look who else has the same fears and doubts and challenges that you do, and you know what, they succeeded, so can you. It's not ... Read full review

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User Review  - Jonathan Scruggs - Goodreads

This one now belongs in my personal library of "most helpful books on writing I've ever read," along with White's "The Elements of Style" and Zinsser's "On Writing Well". Read full review

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Ralph Keyes is the co-author of Whoever Makes the Most Mistakes Wins: Managing Innovation in a Changing Economy. His ten other books include The Wit and Wisdom of Oscar Wilde, and The Wit and Wisdom of Harry Truman.

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