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Three Fears

Bernard Malamud's writer/psychotherapist daughter has written a very insightful piece on what stops people from writing or, for that matter, from other imaginative, self-expressive projects.  I hesitate to use the word "creative" after reading what she has to say about it.

Janna Malamud Smith draws from her new book, An Absorbing Errand: How Artists and Craftsmen Make Their Way to Creative Mastery, which advances the idea that, simply put, people give up  "because they trip over unconscious fears that lie like rakes across their paths, and they go splat, and it feels awful, and they figure the game’s up, and that they have no talent or they’re not 'creative' enough."

Her post on convincingly summarizes three fears: of being seen, being humiliated, being alone.  She argues that these very fears can be turned into fuel for doing the work. 

If you get to the book before I do, please let us know here what you think. Thanks.

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  • February 2, 2013 at 2:02 am Reply

    Delivered just in the nick of time!

    • February 3, 2013 at 6:34 am Reply

      Glad it was good timing, Rebecca. And I hope you’re enjoying running the writing groups. The consult I had with you was certainly helpful.

  • Bob Braxton
    February 2, 2013 at 5:48 am Reply

    Seeing around me perhaps a hundred or two people at a Wake Forest University conference again honoring poet and professor A. R. "Arch" Ammons (Cornell U.) I thought to myself "all of us could be writing (poems) right now." Since my writing is along the margins (I call it "marginal") I was, in fact writing, as I am "every" day. For me it is not "my" writing but the voice – singing – through my pen(s).

    • February 3, 2013 at 6:35 am Reply

      And such an intriguing voice, too, Bob.

  • aiki
    February 3, 2013 at 9:27 pm Reply

    Being humiliated is the worst of these three fears for me.  Ugh!!  Aiki

    • February 5, 2013 at 8:50 am Reply

      Likely true for everyone, Aiki– or at least I think that underlies all the others.

  • February 5, 2013 at 8:20 am Reply

    Thank you Peggy! I've ordered the book and look forward to reading it. Will let you know… 🙂

    • February 5, 2013 at 8:48 am Reply

      Thanks, Frances. I’ll be interested in whether you find it helpful.

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