The Courage to Write

How Writers Transcend Fear

Ralph Keyes

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Katherine Anne Porter called courage “the first essential” for a writer. E.B. White said that he admired anyone who “has the guts to write anything at all.” 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. He describes the sequence of “courage points” through which all writers must pass, from the challenge of identifying a worthwhile project to the mixture of pride and panic they feel when examining a newly published book or article. Keyes also offers specifics on how to root out dread of public “performance” and of the judgment of family and friends, make the best use of writers’ workshops and conferences, and handle criticism of works in progress. Throughout, he includes the comments of many accomplished writers on how they transcended their own fears to produce great works. This invaluable book is essential reading for anyone who wishes to learn how to write well.

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{I}THE ELEMENTS OF COURAGE· 1 ·Writing as an Act of CourageIf we had to say what writing is, we would have to define it essentially as an act of courage.--Cynthia Ozick 
 
 
 
E. B. White was the most graceful of writers. A generation of imitators tried, but seldom succeeded, to match his casual self-assurance. We like to imagine White on his New England farm dashing off lighthearted essays and charming books for children when he wasn't slopping hogs or chopping wood. In fact, White worried over every word.

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“Fresh and Startling—one of the two or three best books on writing I’ve ever read.”—John Jakes, author of North and South

“Anyone who is a writer, wants to be a writer, or knows a writer will want to pick up a copy of The Courage to Write. It is one of the best books about the writing profession ever published.”—The Fresno Bee

“Here’s practical and positive advice that can help every writer capitalize on anxiety instead of knuckling under to it. Writers not only need this book—they know they need it.”—Judith Applebaum, author of How to Get Happily Published

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Ralph Keyes

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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The Courage to Write
How Writers Transcend Fear
Ralph Keyes

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Henry Holt and Co.
Holt Paperbacks
October 2003
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ISBN: 9781466828094
ISBN10: 1466828099
240 pages
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Henry Holt and Co.
Holt Paperbacks
October 2003
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ISBN: 9780805074673
ISBN10: 0805074678
5 1/2 x 8 1/4 inches, 224 pages
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