17 January 2013

Novel-writing tips from beyond the grave part I…

Anna DavisAnna Davis Director, CBC Writing School
by Anna Davis Guest Blog, Opinion

Nikita Lalwani, fabulous guest tutor on our forthcoming six-month creative-writing course, has drawn our attention to a most remarkable book: Becoming a Writer, by Dorothea Brande (1934).  This book is a MUST for aspiring writers and we want to share with you some of its gems.  She’s especially good at reassuring you that you are a Writer (capital W) and revealing to you that even afternoon naps and spells of unproductivity are in fact secret signs of your Genius…

Here’s our first excerpt:

The Artistic Coma and the Writer’s Magic
The true genius may live his life long without ever realizing how he works. He will know only that there are times when he must, at all costs, have solitude; time to dream, to sit idle. Often he himself believes that his mind is empty. Sometimes we hear of gifted men who are on the verge of despair because they feel they are going through a “barren” period; but suddenly the time of silence is past, and they have reached the moment when they must write. That strange, aloof, detached period has been called the “artistic coma” by observers shrewd enough to see that the idleness is only a surface stillness.

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