Title

Beating Drums in the Caves of the Underworld: The Creative Process as a Journey into the Spiritual World

Document Type

Article

Publication Date

12-28-2012

Publication Title

Writing and Pedagogy

DOI

10.1558/wap.v4i2.287

ISSN

1756-5847

Abstract

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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