''The Body in Coupled Action': Writers as becoming-animals
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Research Background: The writing process can be described in terms of moving about - of mobility, portability and itinerancy - among a series of spaces, from external to internal, that constitute the writer's creative territory. These spaces include the public space, or investigable real world where most things originate in terms of material and issues to write about; the private space of the desk where the physical aspects of the writing process are undertaken; the intimate space in the novelist's head where the project is managed; and the imagined space which is the fictional world where the characters and events reside (see Krauth 2006). Having identified these spaces previously, I seek to further examine their functions in the writing process. Research Contribution: This paper investigates the fiction writer's ecosystem comprising spaces of mind, body and world. With reference to ideas put forward by Merleau-Ponty, Varela and Deleuze and Guattari, concepts of embodied cognition and becoming-animal are linked to the well-known association between writing and walking. Experiences of Virginia Woolf, William Wordsworth and Walter Benjamin are woven into the author's own experience to demonstrate how mind, body and world can combine when walking becomes part of the writing process. Research Significance: This paper attempts new theory about process in the Creative Writing discipline. The paper is published in a Category A refereed journal. References Krauth, N (2006) 'The domains of the writing process'. In N Krauth and T Brady, eds Creative Writing: Theory beyond practice. Post Pressed, Teneriffe: 187-196.
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Creative Writing (incl. Playwriting)