Anyone who is a writer, wants to be a writer or knows a writer will want to pick up a copy of The Courage to Write by Ralph Keyes. It is one of the best books about the writing profession ever published.
Keyes is not convinced that anxiety is a bad thing. He documents so much fear experienced by so many writers — from E.B. White to Gail Godwin — that fear emerges as a given. The trick is to manage it and reap its energy.
He lists the many reasons writers have been afraid, from fear of falling short of their ideals to anxiety about self-exposure. … Having made the game of writing sound like a descent into hell, he sets out in the second half of his primer to teach the prospective writer how to overcome fear.
Keyes explores inner struggles that grad schools, conferences, and craft books usually ignore … [an] intimate examination of the writing mind …
Highly recommended for anyone who writes, wants to write, or is taking a writing course.