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Writing into the Heart

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Writing is one of the most intimate and revealing acts of the human mind. In a person's writing, in some almost mystical way that author never quite deciphered, true personality emerges from the verbiage. Even in the most formal of works, there beneath the words hovers the real person, usually without the writer's conscious permission. That random streak of rebellious humour that one tries to control, there it flashes, grinning madly. The pool of pessimism that one tries to restrain from a neutral, objective paper, somehow finds an unguarded crack and slips itself unnoticed into the text. This tendency of writing to declare the truth of a writer's nature frequently proves to be the source of so-called writer's block, or authorial anxiety. This chapter focuses on the mutual understanding that can arise, through writing instruction, between two people from distinct cultures and the astonishing benefits that accrue from such interaction.

Keywords: authorial anxiety; human mind; mutual understanding; verbiage; writing

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