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Graeme Harper, in an editorial on ‘the sound’ of creative writing in New Writing, the International Journal for the Practice and Theory of Creative Writing, used the metaphor of a dodo to interrogate the nature of signification, of words as signifiers, where signifying is a mental concept, an imaginative conjecture that has personal and shared communal meaning. Harper questioned what it is that we seek in writing, or reading, whether our quest is not so much for an exchange of information as to advance our human understanding, to immerse ourselves into a realm of exploration—a quest in which we ask what is or is not, how it is or is not, and why the particular story is worthy of our attention. Writing is a constant choice in a process where we mentally wrangle with what to tell, what not to tell, how to tell it and why.
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Vogler, C. (1998) The Writer’s Journey, 3rd edn (Studio City: Michael Wiese), p. x.
Vogler, pp. xxvii–xxviii.
Mathews, R. (2002) Fantasy: the Liberation of the Imagination (London: Routledge), p. xi.
Ommundsen, W. (1993) Metafictions? Reflexivity in Contemporary Texts (Melbourne: Melbourne University Press), p. 68.
Ommundsen, p. 71.
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