192 pages, 8 × 5 × 0.5 in
March 1, 1981
Penguin Publishing Group
The following ISBNs are associated with this title:
ISBN - 10: 0874771641
ISBN - 13: 9780874771640
Table of Contents
Foreword by John GardnerIn Introduction1. The Four DifficultiesThe 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 LikeCultivating 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 Despond3. The Advantages of DuplicityThe 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 Exercise4. Interlude: On Taking AdviceSave Your Energy; Imagination Versus Will in Changing Habits; Displacing Old Habits; A Demonstration; The Right Frame of Mind5. Harnessing the UnconsciousWordless Daydreams; Toward Effortless Writing; Double Your "Output"6. Writing on ScheduleEngaging to Write; A Debt of Honor; Extending the Exercise; Succeed, or Stop Writing7. The First SurveyReading Your Work Critically; The Pitfalls of Imitation; Discovering Your Strength; A Footnote for Teachers8. The Critic at Work on HimselfA Critical DialogueBe Specific in SuggestionsCorrection After CriticismThe Conditions of ExcellenceDictating a Daily Regime9. Readings as a WriterRead TwiceSummary Judgment and Detailed AnalysisThe Second ReadingPoints of Importanc
From the Publisher
A reissue of a classic work published in 1934 on writing and the creative process, Becoming a Writer recaptures the excitement of Dorothea Brande's creative writing classroom of the 1920s. Decades before brain research "discovered" the role of the right and left brain in all human endeavor, Dorothea Brande was teaching students how to see again, how to hold their minds still, how to call forth the inner writer.
About the Author
John Gardner was born in 1933 and raised outside of Batavia, New York and graduated from Batavia High School in 1951. He was a poet, novelist, dramatist, translator and teacher as well as composing operas, librettos and paintings. Gardner wrote three works on the art of writing, which were "On Becoming a Novelist,""The Art of Fiction," and "On Moral Fiction." He also wrote the children's story "Dragon, Dragon" and the play "Days of Vengeance," which he wrote for his mother Priscilla. John C. Gardner died in 1982.