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Clive Johnson

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I am a student and follower of the perennial tradition – the belief that many myths, fairy stories and faith traditions point to common truths at their heart. I have had a lifelong interest in the power of myth and the oral tradition of story telling.

I enjoy reading contemporary fiction, short stories, literary classics, and tales with a mystical or spiritual element. I am slowly increasing my appreciation of other genres, and like to be surprised by new discoveries, especially to find tales that don't follow set formulae or reach tidy conclusions.

Similarly, I like to discover new meaning in familiar tales – for which fairy stories, myths, legends and their like offer rich territory.

I also write myself – short stories, books relating to s
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Clive Johnson I have two approaches for dealing with writer's block – the first being relevant when I just can't find words to convey an idea; the second when I…moreI have two approaches for dealing with writer's block – the first being relevant when I just can't find words to convey an idea; the second when I can't find inspiration to write at all.

In the first case, I simply leave question marks in my manuscript, and carry on writing where I can next pick up the flow. Invariably, when I return to review what I've drafted, I find that I'm inspired to fill the gap.

In the second case, I leave the writing altogether to focus on something else. Usually after meditating or doing something else, I find that I can come back to writing with fresh ideas and motivation. There's no point flogging a dead horse.(less)
Clive Johnson Writing is creative. When I'm writing a story, it's not always clear whether my intended plot lines will all work out the way I'd conceived them; the…moreWriting is creative. When I'm writing a story, it's not always clear whether my intended plot lines will all work out the way I'd conceived them; the characters often take on a life of their own and "find" their own direction in the story. This is a very animating and exciting process.

I also enjoy researching the contexts for what I'm writing, often exploring topics that I'm relatively ignorant about.(less)
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A thoughtful collection of commentaries on some of the better known tales from the "Nights" (as well as some of the least). Organised by subject area, this is a useful reference for study, as well as offering thought-provoking interpretations for the ...more
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A diverse collection of essays, addressing a variety of themes encountered in the stories of the "Nights". I found some essays more accessible and satisfying to read than others, but this probably reflects my specific interests. Used as a reference f ...more
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