The Courage to Write: How Writers Transcend Fear

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Henry Holt and Company, Oct 1, 2003 - Language Arts & Disciplines - 229 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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This is one of the best books I've read on writing. - Goodreads
Not writing constitutes the ultimate triumph of fear. - Goodreads
The best book I've read on writing. - Goodreads
Ralph Keyes sure tapped into MY fears as a writer. - Goodreads
It's one of the most encouraging writing books I own. - Goodreads
A must read for any writer looking for encouragement. - Goodreads

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"...crippling anxieties are as much a part of the writing process as punctuation." This book told me exactly what I was hoping to hear: not only is abject terror normal, it may be required. Read full review

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User Review  - Melodie Ladner - Goodreads

I avoided it for a very long time because the title and cover put me in mind of a seriously embarrassing self-help book, but I actually really liked it, and found it self-helpful in a non-embarrassing way. 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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