Almost without exception, author Ralph Keyes’ books top their list. His books, THE COURAGE TO WRITE and THE WRITER’S BOOK OF HOPE, have inspired countless writers to overcome their fears and to find ways to get on with it despite that nagging voice inside that tells us “What if our work is terrible? What if we never make it?” Contributors Marsha Moyer and Jack Slyde both recommended Keyes to beleaguered writers (we’ve featured them on our Craft Corner sidebar) and on their recommendations, I read and blogged about THE COURAGE TO WRITE here on WU. Both books helped me out of a dark, post-manuscript period and got me to see that these doubts and fears are natural, even desirable. My whining had nothing on E.B. White’s, and that made me feel inexpressibly better.
So imagine my delight when Ralph agreed to an interview, despite his packed schedule of speaking engagements, book deadlines, blogging, and toaster collecting. We are very pleased to bring you our interview the Ralph Keyes.
Q: What prompted you to write books to help writers overcome their fears and to find the courage to write?
RK: During decades of writing, and teaching writing, I’ve become painfully aware of how anxious a business putting words on paper can be – for me no less than anyone else. Yet anxiety is seldom discussed, or written about. II just felt that if we could put this topic on the table and take a look at it, we’d all be better equipped to move forward better with our writing.
Q: Is it natural for writers to write from a place of fear?
RK: It’s not only natural it’s inevitable. [Read more…]