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By Dorothea Brande

Even in 1934, Dorothea Brande knew that almost all writers didn't want one other publication on "technique" -- and this, earlier than such a lot of extra will be released. No, she learned, as John Gardner notes in his foreword, "the root difficulties of the author are character problems," and therefore her clever publication is designed to easily assist you recover from your self and begin writing, with innovations starting from an easy announcement to jot down each day at a hard and fast time -- it doesn't matter what -- to routines that come on the subject of inventing the TM and self-actualization hobbies that may stick to a number of many years later.

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Well, then; how does he do it? He uses—how many words? Absurd as it may seem at first to think that anything can be learned by word-counting, you will soon realize that a good author has a just sense of proportion; he is artist enough to feel how much space should be given to take his character from the thick of action in one situation into the center of the next. HOW TO SPEND WORDS In a story of five thousand words, let us say, your author has given a hundred and fifty words to the passing of a night and a day, rather unimportant, in the life of his hero.

In my experience, the pupil who sets down the night’s dream or recasts the day before into ideal form, who takes the morning hour to write a complete anecdote or passage of sharp dialogue, is likely to be the short story writer in embryo. Certain types of character sketching, when it is brief and concerned with rather general (or even obvious) traits, point the same way. A subtler analysis of characters, a consideration of motives, acute selfexamination (as distinct from romanticizing one’s actions), the contrasting of different characters faced by the same dilemma, most often indicate the novelist.

What is the greatest happiness you can imagine? The greatest disaster? And so on. If you find that you are balking at definite answers to the great questions, then you are not yet ready to write fiction which involves major issues. You must find subjects in which you are capable of making up your mind, to serve as the groundwork of your writing. The best books emerge from the strongest convictions—and for confirmation see any bookshelf. THIRTEEN THE WRITER’S RECREATION Authors are more given than any other tribe to the taking of busmen’s holidays.

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