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Book: Creativity and Writing Pedagogy

Chapter: 9. Beating Drums in the Caves of the Underworld: The Creative Process as a Journey into the Spirit World

DOI: 10.1558/equinox.23828


Writing a story is on the surface only a matter of discipline, but I argue that inherent in the creative process is a battle between order and chaos documented in the earliest myths of civilization. I examine several myths about the journey to the underworld to suggest that these stories are metaphors for the biology and psychology that empower the creative process.

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