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By Robert Benson

During this masterful mix of the sensible and the religious, Robert Benson invitations you into the paintings and rewards of a writer’s existence. greater than a primer on powerful writing, Dancing at the Head of a Pen is a winsome advisor to where within the center the place the lifetime of the spirit meets the lifetime of art.

Dancing at the Head of a Pen is a natural satisfaction to learn. Encouraging, sincere, useful, and demanding. i wished this book.”
—Melody Carlson, writer of extra two hundred books together with Finding Alice 
 
“With misleading simplicity and a virtually seductive easiness in his voice, Benson lays open sooner than us the filigreed mystique of the writing existence in all its good looks, its unmitigated angst, and its inescapable vocation.”
—Phyllis Tickle, writer of various books together with The Divine Hours
 
“Robert Benson’s Dancing at the Head of a Pen is a gem. it's clever, witty, and inspiring—a trifecta seldom accomplished through a ebook at the writing life.”
—James Scott Bell, bestselling writer of Plot & Structure
 

After a few 40 years and approximately twenty books, i've got discovered i don't find out about loads of issues, yet i know easy methods to write a booklet. a few of these issues are conduct stolen from different writers, writers much better than i'm. a few are disciplines I stumbled upon to feed either the quality of the writing and the paintings of being a author. a few of them are practices i found alone after years of dancing at the head of a pen.
Robert Benson
 
The lifetime of the Spirit Meets the lifetime of Art
 
A compelling mix of recommendation and inspiration, Dancing at the Head of a Pen will problem and inspire writers, artists, musicians, painters—anyone attracted to a lifetime of creative expression.
 
Digging deeply into his personal writing conduct, mess ups, and successes, Robert Benson is helping you decide the appropriate viewers to your paintings, decide to it, and conquer the hurdles that necessarily confront either aspiring artists and comprehensive execs.

Extending past the craft of writing, this light booklet strikes right into a wealthy dialogue at the dating among spirituality and paintings. together with knowledge from respected writers prior and current, Dancing at the Head of a Pen is a gorgeous mosaic of notion, sensible support, and a glimpse into the disciplines that form one writer’s existence.

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Different degrees of centrality or peripheralness to the community become evident in thus charting the spaces a given individual frequented—though, to be sure, these writers ranged considerably beyond their dwellings, even if their places of residence comprised the focal point of their experiences of Tangier’s spaces. Nonetheless, we can read, 8 In October 1963, however, he moved to Tangier, taking up residence “in a faded villa on Sidi Bujari, a quiet street between the Marshan and the Mountain” (Green 284).

Tangier’s eccentrics included gangsters on the lamb, batty English dowagers, and the Countess de la Faille, who kept a rather squalid menagerie of dozens of species of animals in her luxury home in what one visitor described as “the first concentration camp for animals I have seen in my life” (qtd. in Finlayson 243). They contributed to the city’s aura of luridness and scandalousness, which other residents strategically tried to play up or down, as situations warranted. As Tangier resident David Woolman, writing in his book Tangier: A Different Way under the nom de plume Lawdom Vaidon, circumspectly describes the motivation behind the expatriation of many of his fellow residents.

To give another example of this interconnectedness, to see the Maghreb in terms of social unrest and frontier space is to envision it in terms of a potentiality for change and hence alternative ways of being, a particularly attractive prospect for a group of men whose sexual preferences rendered them aberrant and, legally speaking, mentally ill in staid, convention-ridden mid-century America. Taken together, these concerns constituted and thus allow one to speak of a structure of feeling common to the writers who belonged to the Tangier expatriate community.

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