Dorothea Brande wrote a book called “Becoming a Writer” way back in 1934. Of course she discusses a few ideas that are no longer relevant – such as the suggestion of having more than one typewriter. But many of her recommendations still apply.
One of the goals of her book was to “guide the writer to freedom from all forms of writer’s block.” Her focus was on the potential writer’s heart and mind. Getting unique ideas from the individual’s insides and sharing them with the world in the way they felt most comfortable doing it.
Just like Garrett Pierson’s book “How to Write a Book ASAP,” Mrs. Brande’s book doesn’t include a lot of writing technique. I suppose if one could ask her, she would admit that technique lies outside the specific reasoning behind the book.
For them, the most important thing a writer can do is be true to his or her own style of writing without trying to copy someone else’s techniques. Some people who really want to write hold themselves back because they feel that they don’t have enough technical training. Mrs. Brande would say: “Start writing anyway!”
Just like Garrett, she had an apparent distrust in the formal approach of writing as taught in secondary level writing courses. Garrett’s low scores in English class were no indication of his ability to put concrete, valuable information onto paper. The idea that they or any other students should write the same way that others have written did not sit well with either of them.
Both Mrs. Brande and Mr. Pierson agree that true originality can only come from within. To become a writer, one must write without worrying about what others have already written and without worrying about what others may think about what is written when it is finished. The only concern of a writer should be in the preparation, organization, and dedication to completing the task of becoming a writer.
Garrett Pierson’s Writing Course will help those who have the desire to receive the notoriety and acclaim that only a writer can achieve. He will take men and women who want to become writers and show them step by step how to begin and finish a book, novel, or short story. Becoming a writer is easier than you might think.
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