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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I know I say this brsnde time, but this is one of the best books I’ve read about writing. Well established, experienced authors will also benefit from the words of wisdom contained within this relatively slim volume.

Becoming a Writer by Dorothea Brande. Instead, it merely showed me why I am not a writer. She somehow was able to name-drop writers who, almost without exception, continue to be read today: Initially, some of these may seem arbitrary, meaningless, pedantic, even a little odd. From inside the book. Sure, with this book I should’ve gotten to where I am sooner, but thinking back on my journey, I kinda like exploring it on my own terms.

Write any sort of early morning reverie, rapidly and uncritically. Without Brande I doubt I would ever have started. But I will quote a short statement taken from the back of the copy I picked up, second hand, for less than the price of a coffee.

Granted, those writers all were quite famous in their day, but so were many others who are no longer read. To learn from the great masters one must read their works once for pleasure and then becomnig them again, this time with a critical eye so we can see more clearly their beautiful creative patterns.

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Read this, heed what it says and write. I recognized a lot of myself in this early section, so it kept me reading.


But, and I speak from experience, perseverance will pay out in spades. Ok, can I say how much I liked this book? Apr 06, Daniel rated it it was amazing Shelves: An accomplished stylist in her own right, Brande hits a rhetorical sweet-spot between sympathetic nurturer and uncompromising drill sergeant.

To reiterate, what you are actually doing is training yourself, in the twilight zone between sleep and the full waking state, simply to write.

Jul 03, Brent rated it really liked it Shelves: Decades before brain research “discovered” the role of the right and left brain in all human endeavor, Dorothea Brande was teaching students how to see again, how to hold their minds still, how to call forth the inner writer.

I have just discovered that Amazon has removed that review! It’s only now that I realise I can’t. Mar 02, Kathleen Flynn rated it it was amazing Shelves: Why I cannot be a writer. Mar 21, Andrew rated it it was amazing. 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.

No trivia or quizzes yet. When I first read this book, my writing life was way out of balance, so this was a life-changer. Forget that you have any critical faculty at all; realize that no one need ever see what you are writing unless you choose to show it.

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This, if at all possible, is the book you should read before you even contemplate immersion in the techniques of the trade. Brande describes convincingly the interplay between the unconscious and the conscious mind, for the latter does have a role to play in he process or writing. After a few moments you can drop your intense awareness, but plan to resume it again when the scene changes. She provides exercises and dorotjea examples of what can be done to vrande the those buried stories richly flowing.

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In fact, any writer who has dabbled a little bit in the so-called “spiritual arts” would be capable dorothex putting together a how-to treatise on writing, painting, dancing, or any other form of creativity, a how-to-do book on writing just by filling it with Buddhist sound-bites.

She also insists that writing can be both taught and learned.

Both John Brainewho wrote the foreword of the edition I have, and Ted Willis have words of praise for the book. Common terms and phrases able acters advice Artistic Coma begin to write believe bond paper Brande’s Changing Habits character cism classes consider brznde D.

Jun 03, Joselito Honestly and Brilliantly rated it it was amazing.

Becoming a Writer

We should, Brande says. You may, if you can, write in a notebook, sitting up in bed. When artists get themselves in balance, both their writing and thei Without exception, this is my very favorite book on writing. February 15, at Then there are exercises to help you get into the right frame of mind and to build up writing stamina. This is a wonderfully lucid book.

I recommend it unreservedly to all those who take seriously the complex, wonderful, frustrating, creative, stimulating and rewarding art and craft of writing.

Now all you need to concern yourself with is the mere performance of the exercise.