Keeping interest alive: emotion and the affects in creative writing

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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.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationThe Margins and mainstreams papers
Subtitle of host publicationthe refereed proceedings of the 14th conference of the Australian Association of Writing Programs
EditorsDonna Lee Brien, Marcelle Freiman
Place of PublicationGuyra, Australia
PublisherAustralasian Association of Writing Programs
Number of pages9
ISBN (Print)9780980757323
Publication statusPublished - 2009
EventConference of The Australasian Association of Writing Programs (14th : 2009) - Hamilton, New Zealand
Duration: 26 Nov 200929 Nov 2009


ConferenceConference of The Australasian Association of Writing Programs (14th : 2009)
CityHamilton, New Zealand


  • creative writing
  • emotion
  • affect
  • cognitive research


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