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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Great book to jumpstart your writing ambitions! - Goodreads
Not writing constitutes the ultimate triumph of fear. - Goodreads
I would recommend this book to any aspiring writer. - Goodreads
Ralph Keyes sure tapped into MY fears as a writer. - Goodreads
I think this is now my favorite book on writing. - Goodreads
My absolute favorite writing book!!! - Goodreads

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Although I disagreed with many things the author had to say, I was also motivated, assisted, and intrigued by many parts of this book. The quotations and stories about how many famous writers deal and ... Read full review

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"Not writing constitutes the ultimate triumph of fear." This book is remarkably indispensable! Indeed, much courage (or, the "capacity to move in spite of despair") is needed to even begin to commit ... 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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