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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This touches the subconscious and lets the mind connect with the hand.

One of the things that put me off writing for so long was reading authors whose work I admired and thinking I would never come close. Open Preview See a Problem? Pragmatic Inquiry in Social Science and the Caring Page 1 of 1 Start over Page 1 of 1.

This book was written in the s, I think, and yet it still contains very practical advice for modern aspiring writers. Moreover, there is the distraction set up by the little clatter of keys, and there is the strain of seeing the shafts continually dancing against the platen.

In fact, any writer who has dabbled a little bit in the so-called “spiritual arts” would be capable of 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.

The shy, insecure artist who believes that somehow there is a magic to writing, a magic that other, successful writers have and which has somehow eluded him.

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Brande writes about how to confront your fears and doubts, how to get dorohtea mind in a place to be productive, and how to balance your inner editor against your inner creative. I believe that to be an aim worthy of effort.


Dec 01, Sharon rated it it was amazing Shelves: For whether he knows it or dorotuea, he is in search of the very thing that is denied him in that dismissive sentence.

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So, like many others, I turn to what are essentially self-help books on writing. It’s accessible, practical, and inspiring, and now has a permanent place near my writing desk. Anyway, I am always delighted to pass on my love for her books!

View all 3 comments. One of the wonderful things about writing is that there is no age limit. And her calm, relaxed tone convinced me of this fact as well. Posted by Stuart Aken at This, if at all possible, is the book you should read before you even contemplate immersion in the techniques of the trade.

You can read them in any order, of course. You will find nothing about plot, dialogue, structure, beginnings, endings here. One computer for home, writre for the road. In addition, there are two other rooms: To learn from the great masters one must read their works once for pleasure and then reread them again, this time with a critical eye so we doeothea see more clearly their beautiful creative patterns.

The first clue is in the title. I recommend it unreservedly to all those who take seriously the complex, wonderful, frustrating, creative, stimulating and rewarding art and craft of writing. Both sides must be in balance: She proposed a series of exercises to get one’s creative mechanisms in gear and make the act of writing so automatic that self-censorship loses its hold.


The book entered more than 34 printings and sold more than 1 million copies. Nov 09, Stuart Aken rated it it was amazing. Get to Know Us. Wake Up and Live!

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The True Secret of Writing. Jun 03, Joselito Honestly and Brilliantly rated it dorothsa was amazing. Apr 06, Daniel rated it it was amazing Shelves: I read Brande a long time ago. Afterward you will find yourself disinclined to go with the laborious process of writing that story at full length; unconsciously you will consider it as already done, a twice-told tale.

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You may, if you can, write in a notebook, sitting up in bed. And she doesn’t mince words: In order to gain anything from reading it, the reader is required to undertake certain exercises. 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.

She says- and she is right- that you must have dedicated time and place for writing. Criticism and rejection are not personal insults, but your artistic component will not brandee that. Kindle Cloud Reader Read instantly in your browser.

This, if at all possible, is the book you should read before you even contemplate immersion in the techniques of the trade. A bit dated language, but the beocming publication was inso that explains it.