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The Writers Conscience Robertson Davies raises some interesting points in his essay The Conscience of the Writer He explains that a real writer is one for whom writing is a full-time activity He then proceeds to categorize writers into a group of whom he admires and whom he doesnt The group of writers he admires the most all have a characteristic which distinguishes them from those he doesnt admire that is the pursuit of great writing through themes Davies also claims that the greatest writing comes from a deep psycho-analysis of ones self and the act of putting ink to paper after a revelation of ones conscious is what creates many classics When one delves into his or her own inner psyche the result of this scrutiny often creates the most beautiful novels These novels are classic not for the themes they explore or for the moral judgements of their characters but rather they show the writers inner self exposed and naked in a book A great book always reveals the authors conscious but not always evidently one must dig past the surface of the book to truly understand it there is always something that one can take from a book While anyone can be a writer just as well as anyone can read it takes special talent for one to be able to use words and play with them in the way a pyromaniac plays with fire or a mathematician with numbers It is not necessary to know a million grammatical rules or the definition of a hyperbole rather to be able to use words and phrases elegantly conjuring up words that may never have existed thoughts that have never been debated and metaphors that have never before been thought of This is the true essence of writing which brings about a writers conscience Writing is rarely about a story Great writers should not be seen as
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