“There is a sort of writer’s magic. There is a procedure which many an author has come about by happy accident or has worked out for himself which can, in part, be taught.” This 1981 reissue of Dorothea Brande’s classic 1934 guide, which includes a foreword by John Gardner, lays bare her magic to reveal many of the essential elements of writing, and offers instruction on tapping into inspiration, creativity, and productivity. Brande shares practical advice and exercises to develop writing habits, strengthen the revision process, and cultivate a unique voice and style.
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