Carol Smart: “ideas come about through the process of writing”

In this videocast released by the Morgan Centre, Carol Smart discusses the emotional challenge of writing. It’s a wonderful discussion, encompassing everything from the pains of writing to the origins of creativity in engaging with those difficulties. Smart suggests writing is not discussed because it’s generally assumed that we can all do it. Yet so much is at stake for academics in their writing. Another key point made is the need to find your own rhythm: Smart recounts how she used to criticise her own habits surrounding writing before learning to accept them as the approach to writing that was natural for her. This advice echoes what Gurminder K. Bhambra says here about recognising recurrent frustrations in the writing process as being important parts of that very process.

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  1. Or rather that’s one way ideas come about. More important tho is whether they are good ideas or not!

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