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

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As beginners, this huge bulk of work on how to perform the miracle many of us see as writing, can seem very daunting.

Although I had been considerably disappointed in most of the books I had read and all the classes I had attended, it was not until I joined the ranks of instructors that I realized the true basis of my discontent.

First published in the s — it’s so outdated that she talks about how you need a portable typewriter — this is hands-down the best book I’ve ever read on how to write and the only one you’ll ever need. Mar 12, C.

Becoming a Writer

You will agree with Brande when becomjng says that your genius is infinite. But I wish I had come upon it at the very start. Pragmatic Inquiry in Social Science and the Caring Write anything that comes into your head: Dec 01, Sharon rated it it was amazing Shelves: On 13 September, I posted a piece on the difficulties that often beset writers.

Very easy to follow for someone like me to whom English is not a native language. Jun 03, Joselito Honestly and Brilliantly rated it it was amazing.


Instead, it merely showed me why I am not a writer. This is a better edition than the other one sold on Kindle with a mountain and blue sky as its cover. Born in Chicago, Dorothea Brande — was a widely respected journalist, fiction writer, and writing instructor.

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Without Brande I doubt I would ever have started. Kindle Cloud Reader Read instantly in your browser. If that moment has already passed, worry not. ComiXology Thousands of Digital Comics. Amazon Second Chance Pass it on, trade it in, give it a second life.

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A word of warning: Another bit of advice is “[a]s soon as you can,learn to typewrite”. In any case, her belief is that in most aspiring writers, the problems holding them back are not technical, but psychological. And her calm, relaxed tone convinced me of this fact as well. Dorothea has another exercise: The unconscious, says Brande, is shy, elusive, and unwieldy, “but it is possible to learn to tap it at will, and even to direct it.

Brandes’s advice was intended for fiction writers, but there is no reason to suspect it doesn’t bbrande to any writer. I am often conscious of how much I still have to learn, but I see it as an exciting journey, because I love writing so much. But, and I speak from experience, perseverance will pay barnde in spades. But two years ago I began, myself, to teach a class in fiction writing. So, why am I bringing to your attention yet another book, causing you further anxiety of deciding in which of the hundreds of volumes you should invest your valuable time and energy, let alone money?


As beginners, this huge bulk of work on how to perform the miracle many of us see as wri On 13 September, I posted a piece on the difficulties that often beset writers on my blog. In other words, this bradne the book you need to read before you start writing. I like especially her chapter 5, Harnessing the Unconscious: Dortohea this, heed what it says and write.

It is impossible to summarise the whole book bradne a short post, but it provides practical exercises which are incredibly useful. Wake Up and Live! It’s actually the top-rated review there. Dororhea states from the outset that she will not deal with iss This is a wonderfully lucid book.

This is Dorothea Brande’s legacy to all those who have ever wanted to express their ideas in written form. She provides exercises and practical examples of what can be done to get the those buried stories richly flowing.

Without exception, this is my very favorite book on writing. Amazon Inspire Digital Educational Resources.