With close reference to the great writers of her day--Wolfe, Forster, Wharton and so on--Brande gives practical but inspirational advice about finding the right time of day to write and being very self disciplined about it--"You have decided to write at four o'clock, and at four o'clock you must write." She's strong on confidence building and there's a lot about cheating your unconscious which will constantly try to stop you writing by coming up with excuses. Then there are exercises to help you get into the right frame of mind and to build up writing stamina.
This edition comes with an informative foreword by the late Malcolm Bradbury, a man who knew a thing or two about teaching writing, having pioneered the innovative MA course in creative writing at the University of East Anglia which nurtured, among many other writers, Rose Tremain, Ian McEwan and Kazuo Ishiguro. It's a pity, however, that Brande (and Bradbury) define "writing" so narrowly. They refer only to novels and short stories--ignoring biography, travel writing, plays, poems, essays and reportage. In fact, Brande is unreasonably dismissive of journalism as if it were just an uncreative, prostituted form of "real" writing. --Susan Elkin --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
This might seem strange.
I am moved to write.
Not as a poet/songwriter.
It is as a Buddhist. Read more
Fascinating book, but I wish I'd bought the print copy instead. The droning, monotone reading distracts from the experience and the content.Published 2 months ago by JohnA
Just awesome. You will need this to get to the nitty gritty of why you want to write. It is really about finding who YOU are before writing - amazing stuff - so revealing!Published 4 months ago by Fenouile
Very interesting - a must read for anyone interested in writing.Published 5 months ago by billysbooks
Superb book. The best advice for anyone who thinks they want to be a writer, but is having trouble getting started.Published 6 months ago by Connor Caple
I had put off buying this book for a while just because of the price. But now I've bought it, I don't regret it one bit and will read it again and again, I'm sure. Read morePublished 7 months ago by Wendy
Anyone who wants to become a serious writer should read this.Published 8 months ago by Lloyd Johnston