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The Writer's Book of Hope: Getting from Frustration to Publication
by Ralph Keyes

Owl Books
222 pp


Feeling a little down about your writing career? Need a super-size dose of encouragement? How about some positive reinforcement that your decision to write is not in vain and the hours invested into your prose is time well-spent? In
The Writer's Book of Hope: Getting from Frustration to Publication, Ralph Keyes, author of ten books including The Courage to Write, shows writers how to adhere to a writing schedule, deal with discouragers, overcome writer's block, plus much more. The Writer's Book of Hope will recharge your batteries and leave you with a renewed sense of motivation towards your writing career.

Excerpt:
Like talent, "inspiration" is overrated when it comes to writing....Serious writers write, inspired or not....Over time they discover that routine is a better friend to them than inspiration. The simple fact of sitting down to write day after day is what makes writers productive. Far from being unusually inspired, most are remarkably diligent. They are milers, not sprinters. Few authors consider literary lightning bolts an essential part of what they do. "I don't know anything about inspiration because I don't know what inspiration is," said Faulkner. "I've heard about it, but I never saw it." Novelist William Kennedy said that while awaiting the muse on his days off from the Albany Times-Union, he usually discovered she was off that day too.
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Table of Contents:

Acknowledgement
Part One
Chapter 1: The Essential Ingredient
   
Is Hope Necessary?
   
The Ethics of Encouragement
   
Honest Reassurance
   
The Meaning of Hope
 Chapter 2: AFD Syndrome
   
Nerves Are Normal
   
Frustration Happens
    Before Drinking Hemlock
 Chapter 3: Dealing with Discouragers
   
Discouragers
   
Projectors
   
Enviers
   
Goads
   
The Ashes of Success
 Chapter 4: Exorcising Excuses
   
I Don't Have Enough Time
    I'm Not Talented Enough
    I Hardly Ever Get Inspired
   
I Didn't Study Writing
    I'm The Wrong Age
    I'm Too Afraid I'll Fail

Part Two
 Chapter 5: Rites of Rejection
   
An Occupational Hazard
   
Recycling Rejection
   
Rejection Hubris
   
Why Did They Have to Publish My Book?
    The Vagaries of Rejection
 Chapter 6: The Publishing Tribe
   
Why Publishing Resembles High School
    The Writing Way, the Publishing Way
   
Tribal Customs
   
Territoriality
   
Matters of Taste
 Chapter 7: Betting on Books
   
Shooting Craps
   
Conventional Wisdom, Publishing Division
   
We Just Can't See It
   
That Won't Sell!
    Rhymes and Reasons
   
Categorical Imperatives

Part Three
Chapter 8: Encouragers
   
Family
   
Teachers
   
Mentors
    Colleagues
   
Agents
   
Editors
    Readers
 Chapter 9: Keeping Hope Alive
   
Create a Consolation File
    Study Acknowledgments
   
Attend Courses and Conferences
   
Group
   
Bone Up
   
Be Professional
   
Go Easy on Yourself
   
Be Tactical
    Indulge Dubious Motives
   
Get Busy on Your Own Behalf
 Chapter 10: The Best of Times
   
Chicken Soup for Small-Press Dummies
   
In the Traditions of Thoreau
   
E-Publishing
   
The Safety Net
Chapter 11: The Hopeful Writer
    Divers
    The Common Thread
    No Ex-Writers
    The Joy of Writing
    Spit in the Face of Despair

Notes
Further Reading
Index

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