I agree with Dorothea Brande…

Dorothea Brande “The unconscious is shy, elusive, and unwieldy, but it is possible to learn to tap it at will, and even to direct it. The conscious mind is meddlesome, opinionated, and arrogant, but it can be made subservient to the inborn talent through training. By isolating as far as possible the functions of these two sides of the mind, even by considering them not merely as aspects of the same mind but as separate personalities, we can arrive at a kind of working metaphor, impossible to confuse with reality, but infinitely helpful in self-education.”
‘excerpt from ‘Becoming a Writer’ by Dorothea Brande] Dorothea Brande

I’m still working on isolating the two sides of my mind. Being a journalist by training does have its benefits – writing as a daily routine, working to a deadline etc – but freeing my unconscious mind is still a work in progress. But I have come a long way from that first creative writing class where I struggled to write a description of a bridge [belated thanks to my tutor Nina Rapi for her patience!].

If you agree with Dorothea Brande, perhaps you will agree with:-
Janice Gallowaywrite about the credible now and the implied past
Sofie Gråbøl – always look for the weak side of a character, for the dark side
Celia Brayfieldfiction without its darker side is like a Miss Marple mystery without its murder

Dorothea Brande


‘Becoming a Writer’ by Dorothea Brande [UK: Macmillan]

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