Becoming a Writer has ratings and reviews. Daniel said: Holy crap, Dorothea Brande, why the hell is your book almost completely forgotten?I g. In that post I mentioned Dorothea Brande’s excellent book, Becoming a Writer, and, having discovered I had never actually reviewed this. A reissue of a classic work published in on writing and the creative process, Becoming a Writer recaptures the excitement of Dorothea.

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It’s actually the top-rated review there. Becoming a Writer by Dorothea Brande. Brande states from the outset that she will not deal with iss This is a wonderfully lucid book. This book is about freeing that unconscious ability in all of us.

Not true, Brande says. If you can teach yourself to use the typewriter in this period, so much the better.

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I read this classic, first published inthinking it might be able to help me write well. Mar 21, Andrew rated it it was amazing. View all 6 comments. But it is possible to train both sides of the character to work in harmony, and the first step in that education is to consider that you must teach yourself not as though you were one person, but two. Leave A Comment Cancel reply Comment. Write as long as you have free time, or until you feel that you have utterly written yourself out.

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But a journalist’s career does teach two lessons which every writer needs to learn —that it is possible to write for long periods without fatigue, and that if one pushes on past the first weariness one finds a reservoir of unsuspected energy —one reaches the famous “second wind.

I read Brande a long time ago. Peter T Knight Limited preview – Both sides must be in balance: I have place set aside for writing, there are no This is a book that aspiring writers must read to achieve the magic that gets those words on paper. As beginners, this huge bulk of work on how to perform the miracle many of us see as writing, can seem very daunting. Oh my god, you guys. Please go over to this link to see my new website. If you fail repeatedly at this exercise, give up writing.


From inside the book. As a matter of fact, you will find more value in this material than you expect, but your primary purpose now is not to bring forth deathless words, but to write any words at all which are not pure nonsense.

I couldn’t bring myself to finish Natalie Goldberg’s “Writing Down the Bones” fromand found Anne Lamott’s “Bird by Bird” from flawed but better; Brande’s manual, however, easily blows them both beclming. But any publisher who wanted to modernize this book — and I’m certainly not suggesting such be done — could easily replace the word typewriter with computer and the words portable typewriter with laptopand becomong meaning would be unchanged.

As Brande gecoming in the introduction, even then, back inthere were several books on writing, and most of them are about the basic rules of storytelling, organisational problems, and so on.

Your resistance is actually greater than your desire to write, and you may as well find some other outlet for your energy early as late.

Becoming a Writer

Where is the entrance? But, and I speak from experience, perseverance will pay out in spades. Then there are exercises to help you get into the right frame of mind and to build up writing stamina.

I also never reread. It’s just a beoming of finding the “writer’s magic”–a degree of which is in us all.

The purpose of this injunction will become clear becomkng. A word of warning: Without Brande I doubt I would ever have started. Brande states from the outset that she will not deal with issues of technique. She points brxnde how new experiences allow us dorotea see all of the details in a new situation: Of course she made no advice to those similarly situated like me with a mountain of unread books all equally demanding my attention, silently mocking me daily with the thought that I’ve wasted good money acquiring them, what with this certainty that I will never be able to read them all even if I reach the age of with a good becominh.


Every writer, and really every artist, should read this and take notes. Jul 26, Cathy Carpenter rated it it was amazing Shelves: It made me happy knowing I’ve been doing things ri Ok, can I say how much I liked this book?

She also insists that writing can b Refreshingly slim, beautifully written and deliciously elegant, Dorothea Brande’s Becoming a Writer remains evergreen decades after it was first written.

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So except for this, an attempt to explain, I have ceased to write. This book will show you how. Sriter believes that writers have three aspects: Very interesting ideas about how to work in greater harmony with your unconscious, and harness its power deliberately. We think of the s as being a long time ago as they are but in some respects people then had things better figured out.

I know it can only bring positive change into my life. The rest of the book tells us how, exactly, to tap the wealth of the unconscious mind. I read this book inat a dorpthea when I never dared dream of writing a complete novel. It made me happy knowing I’ve been doing things right, that I’m traveling along the right path.