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Page Fright

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Page Fright by Harry Bruce
Paperback $18.95
Sep 21, 2010 | ISBN 9780771017131

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Page Fright is a splendid omnibus of why writers write, what keeps them writing, and what happens when they stop (willingly or not).”
Globe and Mail

“An essential book. . . . Buy it. Read it.” 
Peter C. Newman

Page Fright is popcorn for the literary-loving mind.” 
Winnipeg Free Press

“Bruce gives readers much to savour . . . you can virtually start anywhere and find something to inspire and fascinate.” 
Ottawa Citizen

“An effervescent new book.”
— National Post

“Entertaining and essential reading for fans of writing.”
— Atlantic Books Today


Evelyn Richardson Non-fiction Award FINALIST 2010

Table Of Contents



1 “Speaking to the Eyes”: Beginnings

2 The Feather Is Mightier Than the Sword

3 Inkwells, Steel Nibs, Billions of Ballpoints

4 The Properly Pointed, Perfectly Portable Pencil

5 The Long Reign of Longhand

6 “First, I Write by Hand. . . .”

7 The Almighty Typewriter. Can You Hear the Rhythm?

8 Hail the Conquering Word Processor

9 Pins, Paste, Scissors, Recorders. The Right Paper, Please

10 Out of Their Mouths Popped Literature

11 Keep Out! Writer at Work

12 To Hide Out, or Greet Life

13 Panoramas, Bare Walls, Strange Habits

14 While Working on It, Shut Up About It. Or Don’t

15 They Wrote Lying Down, Standing Up, Stark Naked

16 Horror Rolls in, “Like Some Poisonous Fogbank”

17 Blocked!

18 “I’m a Drinker With a Writing Problem”

19 The Wrong Stuff

20 Walking the Walk, and Other Steps to Creation

21 Burning Kisses, Animal Magnetism

22 The Daily and Nightly Grind

23 “And How I Get There Is God’s Grace”

24 “We Are Only Telephone Wires”

25 What’s Worse Than Writing? NotWriting

26 From the Great French Hunter of “le Mot Juste“: le Mot Dernier





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