Writing with Pleasure

  • 4h 17m
  • Helen Sword
  • Princeton University Press
  • 2023

An essential guide to cultivating joy in your professional and personal writing

Writing should be a pleasurable challenge, not a painful chore. Writing with Pleasure empowers academic, professional, and creative writers to reframe their negative emotions about writing and reclaim their positive ones. By learning how to cast light on the shadows, you will soon find yourself bringing passion and pleasure to everything you write.

Acclaimed international writing expert Helen Sword invites you to step into your “WriteSPACE”—a space of pleasurable writing that is socially balanced, physically engaged, aesthetically nourishing, creatively challenging, and emotionally uplifting. Sword weaves together cutting-edge findings in the sciences and social sciences with compelling narratives gathered from nearly six hundred faculty members and graduate students from across the disciplines and around the world. She provides research-based principles, hands-on strategies, and creative “pleasure prompts” designed to help you ramp up your productivity and enhance the personal rewards of your writing practice. Whether you’re writing a scholarly article, an administrative email, or a love letter, this book will inspire you to find delight in even the most mundane writing tasks and a richer, deeper pleasure in those you already enjoy.

Exuberantly illustrated by prizewinning graphic memoirist Selina Tusitala Marsh, Writing with Pleasure is an indispensable resource for academics, students, professionals, and anyone for whom writing has come to feel like a burden rather than a joy.

About the Author

Helen Sword is professor emerita in the School of Humanities and the Centre for Arts and Social Transformation at the University of Auckland and founder of WriteSPACE, an international virtual writing community. Her books include Air & Light & Time & Space: How Successful Academics Write; The Writer’s Diet; and Stylish Academic Writing. Website helensword.com

Selina Tusitala Marsh is a poet, academic, and illustrator whose books include three volumes of poetry and the Mophead series of graphic memoirs.

In this Book

  • Introduction
  • Society and Solitude—Social Principles
  • Body Basics—Physical Principles
  • On Beauty—Aesthetic Principles
  • The C-Curve—Creative Principles
  • States of Mind—Emotional Principles
  • On the Ground—Analog Tools
  • In the Sky—Digital Tools
  • Wind, River, Stone—Processes
  • Star Navigation—Identities
  • Island Time—Balance
  • Conclusion
  • Afterword
  • Behind the Mirror
  • Reading Notes
  • Bibliography