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The Writer Walking the Dog: Creative Writing Practice and Everyday Life

Tony Williams
Published Online: 2013-08-07 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.2478/abcsj-2013-0016

Abstract

Creative writing happens in and alongside the writer’s everyday life, but little attention has been paid to the relationship between the two and the contribution made by everyday activities in enabling and shaping creative practice. The work of the anthropologist Tim Ingold supports the argument that creative writing research must consider the bodily lived experience of the writer in order fully to understand and develop creative practice. Dog-walking is one activity which shapes my own creative practice, both by its influence on my social and cultural identity and by providing a time and space for specific acts instrumental to the writing process to occur. The complex socio-cultural context of rural dog-walking may be examined both through critical reflection and creative work. The use of dog-walking for reflection and unconscious creative thought is considered in relation to Romantic models of writing and walking through landscape. While dog-walking is a specific activity with its own peculiarities, the study provides a case study for creative writers to use in developing their own practice in relation to other everyday activities from running and swimming to shopping, gardening and washing up.

Keywords : walking; dog-walking; creative writing; everyday life; practice; Wordsworth; Romantic; Ingold

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Published Online: 2013-08-07

Published in Print: 2013-06-01


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