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, if at all possible, is the book you should read before you even contemplate immersion in the techniques of the trade.

Becoming a Writer

Brande must be the innovator of the concept. Then go back and read your accumulated free-writings after a long, non-reading hiatus to find a subject of your own to write about and to set an appointment three days hence to sit down and write in one setting a complete work. And who desperately longs to find a key to that magic. Brande believed passionately that although people have varying amounts of talent, anyone can write. The book remains in print today, offering valuable tips for both writers and entrepreneurs.

Very writdr ideas about how to work in greater harmony with your becomimg, and harness its power deliberately. Write about anything and whatever comes to mind. These days there are all kinds of workshops wriyer books about creativity, tapping the unconscious, using meditation to reach the inner artist, and so on.

Jan 29, Eric rated it it was amazing.

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. Brande is convinced that only after you get those two halves working together will you produce your best work. This is something I have always done without really knowing why — it just seemed to work better for me that way. Refresh and try again. You will agree with Brande when she says that your genius is infinite.


The library is no more than a store room for several thousand books. This is a wonderfully lucid book. Gardner may have had noteworthy things to say about the art of writing elsewhere, but here he doesn’t add much, I’m sorry to say. She scorned the adage that where writing was concerned, “true genius can’t be taught”, elevating the hopes of her students and the hackles of the existing literary community, which figuratively shot interlopers on sight.

Mar 02, Kathleen Flynn rated it it was amazing Shelves: View all 9 comments. And I love the passage that ends the “Writing on Schedule” chapter: Not anything before breakfast.

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.

I grab anything I can read usually the book I’ve been reading the night before upon waking up; I read before, during and after breakfast, inside the toilet, inside the car on my way to work during heavy traffic. Why I cannot be a writer.

Holy crap, Dorothea Brande, why the hell is your book almost completely forgotten? Gecoming 27, James rated it it was amazing. Nov 09, Stuart Aken rated it it was amazing. The purpose of this injunction will become clear later.

In order to gain anything from reading it, the reader is required to undertake certain exercises. Quotes from Becoming a Writer. It will quiver and wince and run to cover, and you will have trouble in luring it out again to observe and weave tales and find words for all the thousand shades of feeling which go to make up a story.

If you fail repeatedly at this exercise, give up writing. 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.

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. She says that writers should think of themselves as split personalities: John Gardner Foreword by. I couldn’t bring myself brxnde finish N Holy crap, Dorothea Brande, why the hell is your book almost completely forgotten?


A word of warning: 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. By the way, if you read the reprint of Brande’s book with a foreword by John Gardner, it’s completely skippable. This book is about freeing that unconscious ability in all of us. Without exception, this is my very favorite book on writing.

If that moment has already passed, worry not. Morning Pages Write anything that comes into your head: In a nutshell, this book is about tapping that rich store in the unconscious mind.

Becoming A Writer by Dorothea Brande, An On Writing Review by Bobby Matherne

I follow Brandt’s precepts. The next morning begin without rereading what you have already done.

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 becming Buddhist sound-bites. 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.

For the most part this merely enables procrastination followed by a combination of burnout, poor performance, and missed objectives. When artists get themselves in balance, both their writing and thei Without exception, this is my very favorite book on writing. The metaphor she told was of a writer who spent his gestation times lying on his back on the grounds of his house looking up at the clouds. The first clue writsr in the title.