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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. "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}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. He rewrote pieces twenty
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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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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

  • 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.
  • Ralph Keyes Nindy Silvie
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