By B. Tomlinson
Drawing on a few 3,000 released interviews with modern authors, Authors on Writing: Metaphors and highbrow hard work finds new methods of conceiving of writing as highbrow hard work. Authors' metaphorical tales approximately composing spotlight now not inside worlds yet socially located cultures of composing and apparatuses of authorship. via an unique approach to analyzing metaphorical tales, Tomlinson argues that writing is either a person task and a collective perform, a solitary task that is determined by wealthy, sustained, and intricate social networks, associations, and ideology. This new booklet attracts upon interviews with writers together with: Seamus Heaney, Roald Dahl, Samuel Beckett, Bret Easton Ellis, John Fowles, Allen Ginsburg, Alice Walker and Gore Vidal.
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He cites his ways 38 Authors on Writing of being in the world, his habits which “hang like curtains behind the work,” as inﬂuencing but not determining his processes. Dorn’s metacognitive knowledge, like that of all writers, cannot emerge simply from reﬂection. Rather, it is constructed from referring to general procedures, generalizing from salient episodes, reconstructing from task analysis, and referring to a priori theories. These a priori theories function as “schemas” to shape general views of how writing is done.
Studies of cognition can help us recognize that different levels of analysis produce different and contrasting “truths,” including truths that are inconsistent—in effect, multiple truths. George Lakoff and Multiple Truths and Metaphorical Models 41 Mark Johnson note that “[I]n much of the Western philosophical tradition, truth is taken to be absolute and scientiﬁc truth claims take priority over nonscientiﬁc truth claims” (1999, p. 105). Lakoff and Johnson argue that multiple “truths” about color in cognitive theory challenge this method of evaluating truth claims.
The way authors both experience and characterize their writing is partly determined by these a priori explanations of what the writing process entails. All literate people understand their own and others’ writing processes partly according to what they think such experiences should be like. Popular metaphors reﬂect and shape writers’ metacomposing experiences and seem to encapsulate signiﬁcant and salient aspects of composing experiences. Understanding writers’ narratives and tropes of composition is, therefore, central to the study of writing processes, for in writing, as in most activities, stories and images help guide people’s actions.
Authors on Writing: Metaphors and Intellectual Labor by B. Tomlinson