This paper aims to develop a deeper understanding of the process of creative writing, in particular its relationship to cognition and to feeling and emotion. These are areas of exploration that engage with the margins that surround the experience of doing creative writing, but which writers often prefer not to articulate. What do writers ‘mean’ when they describe, when asked, the experiences of creating their texts? This is especially opaque when it comes to the question of why writing has such emotional impact for readers (and writers)—and because feeling may or may not be consciously experienced when writing is done. The paper explores emotion and affect in the writing process. It argues that writing’s impetus, and its outcome, is determined not only by cognitive, conceptual formulations, but also by the determination of affective choices that are inseparable from cognition.
|Title of host publication||The Margins and mainstreams papers|
|Subtitle of host publication||the refereed proceedings of the 14th conference of the Australian Association of Writing Programs|
|Editors||Donna Lee Brien, Marcelle Freiman|
|Place of Publication||Guyra, Australia|
|Publisher||Australasian Association of Writing Programs|
|Number of pages||9|
|Publication status||Published - 2009|
|Event||Conference of The Australasian Association of Writing Programs (14th : 2009) - Hamilton, New Zealand|
Duration: 26 Nov 2009 → 29 Nov 2009
|Conference||Conference of The Australasian Association of Writing Programs (14th : 2009)|
|City||Hamilton, New Zealand|
|Period||26/11/09 → 29/11/09|
- creative writing
- cognitive research
Freiman, M. (2009). Keeping interest alive: emotion and the affects in creative writing. In D. L. Brien, & M. Freiman (Eds.), The Margins and mainstreams papers: the refereed proceedings of the 14th conference of the Australian Association of Writing Programs (pp. 1-9). Guyra, Australia: Australasian Association of Writing Programs.