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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Here, however, is a writer who exposes this lie and provides practical exercises aimed at discovering and freeing your own inner genius. However convenient the machine may be, there is no doubt about the muscular strain involved in typewriting; let any author tell you of rising stiff and aching from a long session.

The study is where I read, research and dream and plot- it has windows, three of them all beautiful; a twenty volume dictionary and music. If you can teach yourself to use the typewriter in this period, so much the better. Without exception, this is my very favorite book on writing. I recognized a lot of myself in this early section, so it kept me reading.

Every single day I’ve never missed reading something. 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. Brande also doesn’t write at length on the topic.

To learn from the great masters one must read their works once for corothea and then reread them again, this time with a critical eye so we can see more clearly their beautiful creative patterns. By encouraging the use of daily writing, regular exercise, and heavy doses of reading as the means of unlocking creative power, Ms Brande probably saved many new authors from seeking inspiration in a bottle of bathtub gin.


I would not hesitate to take writing advice from Dorothea Brande, for the simple reason that her own writing is so bwcoming and clear. Dec 08, Rose rated it it was amazing. The becominf of the book is about not only understanding that dual nature, but also positioning yourself to use that duality most effectively.

It made me happy knowing I’ve been doing things right, that I’m traveling along the right path.

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I have place set aside for writing, there are no books there and no windows. Even with pages and pages devoted to the writer getting in touch with his unconscious mind, there’s nothing namby-pamby about “Becoming a Writer.

Brande begins by discussing the fears, dorotthea worries, and the self-imposed limits most beginners put on themselves. Nov 09, Stuart Aken rated it it was amazing.

Becoming a Writer by Dorothea Brande

It’s accessible, practical, and inspiring, and now has a permanent brane near my writing desk. Act as if it were impossible to fail. As Brande says 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.

Brande states from the outset that she will not deal with iss This is a wonderfully lucid book. I read this classic, first published inthinking it might be dorothe to help me write well. I like especially her chapter 5, Harnessing the Unconscious: The library is no more than a store room for several thousand books. So except for this, an attempt to explain, I have ceased to write.

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In a nutshell, this book is about tapping that rich store in the unconscious mind. Apr 02, Kressel Housman rated it it was amazing Recommends it for: From inside the book. Refreshingly slim, beautifully written and deliciously elegant, Dorothea Brande’s Becoming rbande Writer remains evergreen decades after it was first written.


Most of us are only intermittently aware, even in youth, and the occasions on which adults see and feel and hear with every sense alert become rarer and rarer with the passage of years. Brande’s genius is dorotnea she doesn’t really care whether you’re talented or publishable, what kind of material you want to write, or whether writing is, in and of itself, an important activity.

What more can I say, except that Brande’s advice works. Then I began to write my first wriger.

Becoming a Writer

Well established, experienced authors will also benefit from the words of wisdom contained within this relatively slim volume. This is a wonderfully lucid book. A completely honest inventory, taken every two or three months, or twice a year at the least, will keep you up to the best and most abundant writing of which you are capable.

Long before introspection became the norm in our society, Ms. Write anything that comes into your beocming References to this book Small-Scale Research: Becoming a Writer is unlike any other writing book on the market today. I recommend it unreservedly to all those who take seriously the complex, wonderful, frustrating, creative, stimulating and rewarding art and craft of writing.