Stephen King's On Writing: A Memoir of the Craft (New York: Scribner, 2000) is a
lively, compassionate, but hardheaded account of the writer's life. Margaret
Atwood's Negotiating with the Dead: A Writer on Writing (Cambridge: Cambridge
Author: Ralph Keyes
Publisher: Holt Paperbacks
In 1889, the editor of the San Francisco Examiner, having accepted an article from Rudyard Kipling, informed the author that he should not bother to submit any more. "This isn't a kindergarten for amateur writers," the editor wrote. "I'm sorry, Mr. Kipling, but you just don't know how to use the English language." A century later, John Grisham was turned down by sixteen agents before he found representation-and it was only after Hollywood showed an interest in The Firm that publishers began to take him seriously. The anxiety of rejection is an inevitable part of any writer's development. In this book, Ralph Keyes turns his attention from the difficulty of putting pen to paper-the subject of his acclaimed The Courage to Write -to the frustration of getting the product to the public. Inspiration isn't nearly as important to the successful writer, he argues, as tenacity, and he offers concrete ways to manage the struggle to publish. Drawing on his long experience as a writer and teacher of writing, Keyes provides new insight into the mind-set of publishers, the value of an agent, and the importance of encouragement and hope to the act of authorial creation.
MARGARET Atwood, Negotiating with the Dead: A Writer on Writing (2002:21) All writing is performance. Style performs our voice. Our syntax and diction perform
language. As we have discussed, the first pleasure of creative writing resides in ...
Author: David Morley
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Category: Language Arts & Disciplines
All kinds of writing are covered in this useful and inspiring guide for students and aspiring writers.
One brief digression in Atwood's book Negotiating with the Dead: A Writer on Writing is particularly revealing about Atwood's writing technique and, indeed,
about why her work is so wildly appealing to audiences. Within a larger
discussion of ...
Author: Nathalie Cooke
Publisher: Greenwood Publishing Group
Category: Biography & Autobiography
Examines the works of the Canadian author, describing her characters, narrative and strategies, plot development, literary devices, settings, and major themes.
Margaret Atwood, 'In Search of Alias Grace: On Writing Canadian Historical
Fiction', in Curious Pursuits: Occasional ... AWriter 20. Margaret Atwood, Negotiating with The Dead: on Writing (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press,
Author: K. Cooper
Category: Social Science
From The Other Boleyn Girl to Fingersmith , this collection explores the popularity of female-centred historical novels in recent years. It asks how these representations are influenced by contemporary gender politics, and whether they can be seen as part of a wider feminist project to recover women's history.
Margaret Atwood, Negotiating with the Dead: A Writer on Writing (Cambridge:
Cambridge University Press, 2002), 46. Derek Brewer, Symbolic Stories:
Traditional Narratives of the Family Drama in English Literature (Woodbridge:
D. S. Brewer, ...
Author: Areti Dragas
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing
Category: Literary Criticism
Focusing on the figure of the storyteller, this study breaks new ground in the approach to reading contemporary literature by identifying a growing interest in storytelling. For the last thirty years contemporary fiction has been influenced by theoretical discourses, textuality and writing. Only since the rise of postcolonialism have academic critics been more overtly interested in stories, where high theory frameworks are less applicable. However, as we move through various contemporary contexts engaging with postcolonial identities and hybridity, to narratives of disability and evolutionary accounts of group and individual survival, a common feature of all is the centrality of story, which posits both the idea of survival and the passing on of traditions. This book closely examines this preoccupation with story and storytelling through a close reading of sixteen contemporary international novels written in English which are about actual 'storytellers', revealing how death of the author has given birth to the storyteller.
... of a novel may be one part inspiration and nine parts perspiration, but that one
part inspiration is essential if the work is to live as art” (Negotiating with the Dead:
A Writer on Writing [Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2002], 69–70).
Author: John G. Stackhouse Jr.
Publisher: Oxford University Press
How should a Christian think? If a serious Christian wants to think seriously about a serious subject--from considering how to vote in the next election to choosing a career; from deciding among scientific theories to selecting a mate; from weighing competing marketing proposals to discerning the best fitness plan--what does he or she do? This basic question is at the heart of a complex discourse: epistemology. A bold new statement of Christian epistemology, Need to Know presents a comprehensive, coherent, and clear model of responsible Christian thinking. Grounded in the best of the Christian theological tradition while being attentive to a surprising range of thinkers in the history of philosophy, natural science, social science, and culture, the book offers a scheme for drawing together experience, tradition, scholarship, art, and the Bible into a practical yet theoretically profound system of thinking about thinking. John Stackhouse's fundamental idea is as simple as it is startling: Since God calls human beings to do certain things in the world, God can be relied upon to supply the knowledge necessary for human beings to do those things. The classic Christian concept of vocation, then, supplies both the impetus and the assurance that faithful Christians can trust God to guide their thinking--on a "need to know" basis.
Many of these authors have written other books I also value. Atchity, Kenneth. A Writer's Time: A Guide to the Creative Process, From Vision Through Revision
Atwood, Margaret. Negotiating with the Dead:AWriter onWriting Brande,
Author: Pat Mora
Publisher: Corwin Press
Cultivate your own creativity and the creative potential of all your students! Inventive teaching is an art form that enriches lives and transforms teachers and students. This beautifully written guide offers seven powerful practices for personal creativity and professional inventiveness. For each practice, author Pat Mora proposes a symbol and presents parallel exercises for teachers and students. Evocatively written in the form of letters to teachers and librarians, this book: Helps educators access their creative selves and, in the process, become better teachers Nurtures students in expressing themselves through writing and other creative pursuits Includes activities at the end of each chapter
Olga Kenyon, Women Writers Talk (Oxford: Lennard Publishing, 1989), pp. ... '
Duplicity: The Jekyll Hand, the Hyde Hand, and the Slippery Double', in Negotiating with the Dead: A Writer on Writing (Cambridge: Cambridge University
Author: Monica Germana
Publisher: Edinburgh University Press
Category: Literary Criticism
This book provides a critical survey of the gothic texts of late twentieth-century and contemporary Scottish women writers including Kate Atkinson, Ellen Galford, A.L. Kennedy, Ali Smith and Emma Tennant focusing on four themes: quests and other worlds, w