By Dorothea Brande
Even in 1934, Dorothea Brande knew that almost all writers didn't want one other e-book on "technique" -- and this, sooner than such a lot of extra will be released. No, she discovered, as John Gardner notes in his foreword, "the root difficulties of the author are character problems," and hence her clever e-book is designed to easily assist you recover from your self and begin writing, with thoughts starting from an easy statement to put in writing on a daily basis at a set time -- it doesn't matter what -- to routines that come just about inventing the TM and self-actualization hobbies that might keep on with a couple of many years later.
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Your workaday self has been standing aside while you were about the business of teaching your unconscious to flow wherever you could find a moment for it; you will find now that it has been closely following the process remarking your successes and failures and getting ready with suggestions. A CRITICAL DIALOGUE The next few paragraphs are much more naive and more outrageously dual than any dialogue you will ever have with yourself, but some such interchange as this between the sides of your nature should now take place: “Do you know, I find that you write dialogue very well; you evidently have a good ear.
Emphasis? Characters to embody in concrete form the speculations you have made in your sleepy state? Does it need to have certain factors made very plain, so that the conflict, whatever it is, runs no danger of seeming unimportant or of being overlooked? When you have decided what can and should be mad of it, consider the details with care. THE PREPARATORY METHOD Mind you, you are not yet to write it. The work you are doing on it is preliminary. For a day or two you are going to immerse yourself in these details; you are going to think about them consciously, turning if necessary to books of reference to fill in your facts.
THE PITFALLS OF IMITATION You will remember that one of the conditions set was that you should not have read one word before beginning the morning’s task, nor, if at all possible, so much as spoken until you have finished. This is the reason. We all live so surrounded by words that it is difficult for us to discover, without long experience, what our own rhythms are, and what subjects do really appeal to us. Those who are sensitive enough to want ardently to become writers are usually a little too suggestible for their own good.
Becoming a Writer by Dorothea Brande