Writing and the Spriit

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Author Ken Kuhlken has long puzzled over the mystery we call inspiration. Here he offers insights about attitudes, habits and practices through which artists find themselves inspired. Writing and the Spirit is a guide to living as an artist.

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About Ken Kuhlken

Ken's stories have appeared in Esquire and dozens of other magazines and anthologies, been honorably mentioned in Best American Short Stories, and earned a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship. He has been a frequent contributor and a columnist for the San Diego Reader.

His novels are Midheaven, a finalist for the Ernest Hemingway Award for best first novel, The Loud Adios (Private Eye Writers of America Best First Mystery Novel, 1989), The Venus Deal, The Angel Gang, The Do-Re-Mi (a January Magazine best book of 2006 and a finalist for the Shamus Award for Best PI Novel), and The Vagabond Virgins, and The Biggest Liar in Los Angeles.

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Review by: anastasia campos on June 30, 2011 : (no rating)
In Writing and the Spirit, Kuhlken speaks with all the ease of a friend on your couch. An ingenius, multiple-PhD-holding, wise-man sort of friend, if you have one of those. His observations from the world about us, writers in history and his own experience (failures and triumphs) combine to form an insightful, relevant work for all writers of faith.

He examines the (inner and outer) confrontations all writers must engage with in order to produce meaningful work. Among them are the nature of inspiration, imagination, and how not to be a hack. He also covers the downright nitty-gritty of the thing - the practical conditions that we all strive for and against in order to produce works in which, as he's noted elsewhere, "the words sing."

This is an all-around handbook of writerly wisdom that anyone who - like the subtitle notes - hopes to change the world, must read.
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