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Paper People – How Writers (and Readers) Create Characters

The students I teach, although very able literary critics, sometimes need reminding that the characters in the books that they are interpreting are not, in fact, real people. It’s very easily done. Even the most sophisticated reader, when faced with … Continue reading

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Flow

Flow is that pleasurable state of complete absorption in the task at hand. It’s a kind of deep focus, where all else falls away, the mind stops its wondering, and you become fully engaged in what you are doing. Time … Continue reading

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Writers on Writing: Susan Sontag

Susan Sontag would have been something of a dream subject for our study. Luckily, her diaries record her fascinating and intimate reflections upon the origins of literary creativity and the writing life. Here we explore just a few of her insights. … Continue reading

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What does your inner voice sound like?

Try it for yourself: stop what you’re doing and try to listen in to the mind’s ear. What can you hear? Indeed, are you hearing at all? Can you say, definitively, that your inner voice sounds in the sense that … Continue reading

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Writers’ Inner Voices in the media

One of the most rewarding aspects of working on the Writers’ Inner Voices study has been how our work on inner voice and literary creativity seems to have captured people’s imaginations. Both readers and writers alike have responded with great … Continue reading

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BBC Academy podcast: ‘Inner Voices: How writers create characters’

The Writers’ Inner Voices study focuses specifically on writing and storytelling for the page, but similar questions might also be asked about other forms of writing, such as writing for television or radio.  How do scriptwriters for TV and radio hear the … Continue reading

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Participate: Readers’ Inner Voices

In tandem with our study of Writers’ Inner Voices – of which more is forthcoming very soon – we’re also asking readers about their experiences of voices and characters. We’ve had over 1000 responses thus far to our Readers’ Inner Voices study … Continue reading

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