Thursday, March 29, 2007

Kay Sexton on subject anxiety

I'm still mulling over Kay's advice on subject anxiety. Scroll down to the post for Thursday, March 15, 2007 on her fine blog.
Here's the beginning:

"Very often, a writer will simply not be able to write past a certain point in a narrative because the subject matter frightens, disturbs or otherwise blocks them. We all know that key aspects of our lives and our beliefs shape our fiction - take a look at the works of any major writer and you'll see the same themes emerging in different forms: for Dickens it was poverty, for Coetzee it's identity, for du Maurier it was the nature of deception that shaped all her work. These key themes are both the wellspring of our personal beliefs, and the scaffolds around which doubts, fears and bad memories cluster like noisome corpses."

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