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Becoming a Writer

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Table of Contents

Foreword by John Gardner

In Introduction

1. The Four Difficulties

The Difficulty of Writing at All; The "One-Book Author"; The Occasional Writer; The Uneven Writer; The Difficulties Not in Technical Equipment.

2. What Writers are Like

Cultivating a Writer's Temperament; False and Real Artists; The Two Sides of a Writer; "Dissociation" Not Always Psychopathic; Everyday Examples of Dual Personality; The Slough of Despond

3. The Advantages of Duplicity

The Process of Story Formation; The "Born Writer"; Unconscious and Conscious; The Two Persons of the Writer; The Transparent Barrier; Keep Your Own Counsel; Your "Best Friend and Severest Critic"; The Right Recreation; Friends and Books; The Arrogant Intellect; The Two Selves Not at War; The First Exercise

4. Interlude: On Taking Advice

Save Your Energy; Imagination Versus Will in Changing Habits; Displacing Old Habits; A Demonstration; The Right Frame of Mind

5. Harnessing the Unconscious

Wordless Daydreams; Toward Effortless Writing; Double Your "Output"

6. Writing on Schedule

Engaging to Write; A Debt of Honor; Extending the Exercise; Succeed, or Stop Writing

7. The First Survey

Reading Your Work Critically; The Pitfalls of Imitation; Discovering Your Strength; A Footnote for Teachers

8. The Critic at Work on Himself

A Critical Dialogue

Be Specific in Suggestions

Correction After Criticism

The Conditions of Excellence

Dictating a Daily Regime

9. Readings as a Writer

Read Twice

Summary Judgment and Detailed Analysis

The Second Reading

Points of Importance

10. On Imitation

Imitating Technical Excellence

How to Spend Words

Counteracting Monotony

Pick Up Fresh Words

11. Learning to See Again

The Blinders of Habit

Causes of Repetitiousness

Recapturing Innocence of Eye

A Stranger in the Streets

The Rewards of Virtue

12. The Source of Originality

The Elusive Quality

Originality Not Imitation

The "Surprise Ending"

Honesty, the Source of Originality

Trust Yourself

"Your Anger and My Anger"

One Story, Many Versions

Your Inalienable Uniqueness

A Questionnaire

13. The Writer's Recreation

Busmen's Holidays

Wordless Recreation

Find Your Own Stimulus

A Variety of Time-Fillers

14. The Practice Story

A Recapitulation

The Contagiousness of Style

Find Your Own Style

The Story in Embryo

The Preparatory Period

Writing Confidently

A Finished Experiment

Time for Detachment

The Critical Reading

15. The Great Discovery

The Five-Finger Exercises of Writing

The Root of Genius

Unconscious, Not Subconscious

The Higher Imagination

Come to Terms with the Unconscious

The Artistic Coma and the Writer's Magic

16. The Third Person, Genius

The Writer Not Dual But Triple

The Mysterious Faculty

Releasing Genius

Rhythm, Monotony, Silence

A Floor to Scrub

17. The Writer's Magic

X Is to Mind as Mind to Body

Hold Your Mind Still

Practice in Control

The Story Idea as the Object

The Magic in Operation

Inducing the "Artistic Coma"

Valedictory

In Conclusion: Some Prosaic Pointers

Typewriting

Have Two Typewriters

Stationery

At the Typerwriter: WRITE!

For Coffee Addicts

Coffee Versus Maté

Reading

Book and Magazine Buying

Bibliography

Index

Product Details

ISBN:
9780874771640
Foreword:
Gardner, John
Author:
Gardner, John
Author:
Brande, Dorothea
Publisher:
Tarcher
Location:
Los Angeles :
Subject:
General
Subject:
Reference
Subject:
Fiction
Subject:
Authorship
Subject:
Personal and practical guides
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Publishing
Subject:
Composition & Creative Writing - Fiction
Subject:
Composition & Creative Writing
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Reference/Writing
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Edition Description:
Paperback / softback
Series Volume:
no. 17255
Publication Date:
19810331
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TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
from 12
Language:
English
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Yes
Pages:
192
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8.02 x 5 x 0.53 in 0.4 lb
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from 18

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