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The Mystery of the Cleaning Lady : A Writer Looks at Obsession, Creativity and Neuroscience - Sue Woolfe

The Mystery of the Cleaning Lady

A Writer Looks at Obsession, Creativity and Neuroscience

Paperback Published: 1st May 2007
ISBN: 9781920694968
Number Of Pages: 145

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In this book, bestselling Australian author Sue Woolfe tracks the journey of her novel, The Secret Cure, through her interest in theories about creativity from the field of neuroscience. Woolfe explores the relationship between mind and body, as well as how both inform the writing process. The book is designed to be a guide for emerging student writers, as well as readers interested in how the progress of an idea can develop in the hands of an acclaimed writer. The Mystery of the Cleaning Lady continues the work Woolfe started with Kate Grenville on books about writing, this time with the particular case study of a novel-in-progress.

A pact with the devil (I)p. 1
The daydreams of writers and readersp. 19
Asking the science of the dayp. 25
Seeing with 'the mind's eye'p. 27
Creation by stealthp. 32
But what is the mind?p. 40
A temporary reprievep. 45
Measuring creativityp. 49
That old chestnut: Perhaps creativity is sicknessp. 57
Learning 'the voice'p. 60
Creativity and empathyp. 66
Mapping the creating brainp. 71
Loose and tight construingp. 87
Breakthroughp. 102
The emotional colour of thoughtsp. 106
Discovering the storyp. 110
Finding the desire of the linep. 121
A pact with the devil (2)p. 127
Brief synopsis of The Secret Curep. 129
Notesp. 133
Bibliographyp. 141
Acknowledgmentsp. 145
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ISBN: 9781920694968
ISBN-10: 192069496X
Series: University of Western Australia Press New Writing
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 145
Published: 1st May 2007
Country of Publication: AU
Dimensions (cm): 20.07 x 13.72  x 1.52
Weight (kg): 0.18