By Jane Rule

ISBN-10: 1480429481

ISBN-13: 9781480429482

The essays during this inspiring assortment study the craft of writing and the artwork of dwelling and loving Jane Rule stocks her insights into the artistic technique, sexual constancy, feminist politics, and the transformative strength of affection. half I & mdash; & ldquo;On Writing & rdquo; & mdash;dispenses suggestion (writing is & ldquo;a craft that should be practiced & rdquo;); deals observations (& ldquo;The inventive procedure in  Read more...

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A far more interesting mechanical question than how each of us gets words onto the page might be why so many writers refuse to drive cars, but that investigation would lead away from the point, which is what aspects of the creative process might be usefully shared with other people. Two of the most important problems for any writer are locating material and conceiving form. As a very young writer my passion for form served my need to learn the rudiments of my craft and also distracted me from what I felt—wrongly it now seems to me—was my lack of experience.

We have too few small presses staffed well enough to serve their own back lists as well as they should. In the States, where small presses have to depend on sales rather than grants to survive, both writers and readers are presently better served. Nevertheless, my American reprints are noticed in the Canadian media. Though too few books written by Canadians are reviewed in newspapers and magazines, we have better radio coverage than any American writer can hope for. Though we don’t have much tv coverage for selling books, CBC is commissioning scripts for both radio and tv adaptation of stories and novels.

For instance, how tall an average woman is is probably how tall she also should ideally be, but how tall the average man is is not how tall he ideally should be. What influence these judgments have we can predict only in percentages of people, never for an individual; for, though we are rather large creatures to fit ourselves into the microcosm of atoms, we behave rather more like them than like objects in Newtonian physics. As individuals, we are random. That is, we can say that eighty percent of women who are 5’6” are happy about their height because they are both average and ideal, but we cannot know ahead of time how any particular individual woman of 5’6” will feel.

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