Can you learn how to write? Who would ask if you can learn how to paint, dance, play music or tennis? Everyone knows that the desire to express oneself within a certain field must be present, and then after that a further exploration and testing of that desire follows. If it persists, the expression is developed in qualification, with talent, desire and practical experience forming an entity. Having attended an art academy is no guarantee that you are a genius in the making. But it provides access to fundamental skills and an environment of artists. The sense of togetherness in the years of learning centered on the creative process, methods of painting, exhibitions etc. makes it possible for each individual to form their own identity and style. I think there is quite a bit of craft to learn for anyone who expresses themselves in writing. Journalists spend four years solely learning how to mediate news. Likewise there are some fundamental experiences for a writer of fiction to make.From the introduction
Writing exercises – Describe a front door, in a way that gives us an impression of the people living behind the door. Max. 5 min.WRITE, p. 10
– Write a text including the following adjectives: worrying, razor-sharp, chuckling, lifted, weird, warm. 5 min.
– Then delete the six predetermined words. Which text is better? The first or the last? Can you do without all six of the words or only some of them? Why?
– Write a dialogue: an argument between two unalike people (young/old, poor/rich, big/small). One has a higher status than the other. During the argument the status shifts so that the weakest becomes the stronger one. Max. 10 min.
– Describe a kiss as if you were a commentator at a soccer match. 5 min.
Annelise Vestergaard in Jyllands-Posten, October 6 1987:
Experience Bente Clod’s rebellion against the monopoly! […] the monopoly, that Bente Clod has now broken by disregarding the pretentiousness of certain writers (and readers) and establishing that talent might be innate, but there is no harm in learning the craft of writing, fiction or non-fiction. Phenomena such as writer’s block, fear of blank paper, lack of confidence and vulnerability to negative criticism aren’t reserved for yet unknown, striving and hesitating writers.
Arne Säll in the Swedish Reader’s Statement for the libraries:
In a pedagogical and easily accessible way, an array of technical and stylistic problems within the craft of writing are examined, with departure point in the three genres prose, poetry and drama. Numerous writing prompts are included … practical advice regarding contact to publishing houses and editors, the working conditions of writers and educational possibilities […] indexes of literary references and key words completes the presentation of the work, which above all is suitable as course material in creative writing groups.
Åke Edwardson in the union magazine Journalisten no. 12, 1994:
It takes courage to have talent,Georg Brandes wrote about Hans Christian Andersen. It takes confidence to develop your talent, Bente Clod writes, and her book can easily be used as an inspiration for the inner language.
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