In this absorbing volume, David Lodge turns his incisive critical skills onto his own profession, salutes the great writers who have influenced his work, wonders about the motives of biographers, ponders the merits of creative writing courses, pulls the rug from under certain theoretical critics and throws open the curtains on his own workshop.
Writing a novel can be a slow, painful and lonely process. Many writers never manage to achieve their goal. This book helps you to rediscover the joy of your craft and rekindle your creative fire. It offers you support, guidance and encouragement as well as insight into the craft of writing.
When the author travelled to Manchester in 1966, he packed in his bags certain literary favourites which would remain central to him throughout the rest of his life and during his years in England. In this book, he reflects on six of the figures who shaped him as a person and as a writer, from Jean-Jacques Rousseau to Jan Peter Tripp.
Shows you that retirement can, in fact, be the most rich, fulfilling and creative time of our lives. This book includes simple tools and exercises such as: Memoir writing - an opportunity to reflect on and honour past experiences; Morning Pages - a tool to empty your mind; and, Artist Dates - fun days out to discover new passions and interests.