Structure and Spontaneity in Clinical Prose will teach you to read gifted writers for inspiration and practical lessons in the craft of writing; apply the principles and techniques of the paradigmatic, narrative, lyric narrative, evocative, and enactive modes of clinical prose; and put what you learn immediately into practice in eighty-four writing exercises.

Each of the five modes uses different means to construct worlds out of language. The paradigmatic abstracts ideas from experience to build concepts and theories. The narrative mode organizes experience through time, creating meaningful relationships between causes and effects. Lyric narratives present events unfolding in an uncertain present. The evocative mode works by invitation and suggestion, and the enactive mode creates an experience to be lived as well as thought.

Structure and Spontaneity is fundamentally a book about reading and writing in new and different ways. It is an invaluable resource for new and experienced psychoanalysts and psychotherapists and for students, teachers, editors, and writers in the humanities and social sciences.

chapter 1|8 pages

A Writing Workshop

chapter 3|18 pages

Narrative Meaning and Technique

chapter 4|14 pages

Short Stories

chapter 5|12 pages

The Evocative Mode

chapter 6|18 pages

The Enactive Mode

chapter 7|20 pages

Lyric Narratives

chapter 8|20 pages

The Paradigmatic Mode

chapter 9|14 pages

Narrative Moves and Interweaves

chapter 10|16 pages


chapter 11|20 pages


chapter 12|16 pages

The Narrative Axis

chapter 13|18 pages

The Conceptual Axis

chapter 14|14 pages

Shapes of Arguments

chapter 15|14 pages

Using Sources

chapter 16|10 pages


chapter 17|14 pages


chapter 18|8 pages

Confidentiality and Disguise