Negotiating with the Dead
Negotiating with the Dead, by Margaret Atwood is a wonderful book for anyone who has the urge to write, be it novel, short stories or poetry. This book is a series of lectures she gave at Cambridge University on her experiences as a writer. In her introduction, she lists a long list of reasons various writers have said why they write. Here are some of those motives:
· To record the world as it is.
· To set down the past before it is forgotten.
· Th excavate the past because it has been forgotten.
· To satisfy my desire for revenge.
· Because Ik new I had to keep writing or else I would die.
· Because to write is to take risks, and it is only by taking risks that we know that we are alive.
· To produce order out of chaos.
· To delight and instruct.
· To please myself.
· To express myself.
· To create a perfect work of art.
· To hold a mirror up to nature.
· To hold a mirror up to the reader.
· To thumb my nose at death.
· To make money so that my children could have shoes.
· To show the bastards.
· Because to create is human.
· Because to create is Godlike.
· Because I hated the idea of having a job.
· To justify my failure in school.
· To thwart my parents.
· To amuse and please the reader.
· To amuse and please myself.
· Compulsive logorrhea.
· Because I fell into the embrace of the muse.
· To experiment with new forms of perception.
· To cope with depression.
· For my children.
· To speak for the dead.