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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The importance of novels and short stories in our society is great. It’s a small book, and the content is sparse compared to the huge volumes that occupy the shelves in the Writers and Writing sections of bookstores, but in the case of “Becoming A Writer”, a little says a lot.

What more can I say, except that Brande’s advice bradne. How many times have I heard th I read this classic, first published inthinking it might be able to help me write well. This was before the spread of Dorofhea Meditation or other movements. 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.

This site uses cookies. Brande talks about the artistic temperament, and the need to cultivate spontaneity, and innocence of eye, as well as the ability to respond freshly and quickly to new scenes, and to old scenes as though they were new, and to see “traits and characteristics as though each were new-minted from the hand of God”. Thanks for telling us about the problem. View all 6 comments. I believe that to be an aim worthy of effort.

So except for this, an attempt to explain, I have ceased to write. Then there are exercises to help you get into the right frame of mind and to build up writing stamina.

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. It is good stuff.


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It’s a fun trip into the past with Ms. I adore this book, Karen! I have lived in a literary “colony” and talked to practicing writers who regarded their calling variously as brsnde trade, a profession, and rather sheepishly as an art.

In any case, her belief is that in most aspiring writers, the problems holding them back are not technical, but psychological. This is a duplicate, slightly revised, of the Amazon review I wrote back in To ask other readers questions about Becoming a Writerplease sign up. 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.

Essentially Brande discusses, quite accurately in my opinion, the different psyches of writers and then goes on to describe a regimen of exercises to unlock the writer’s potential. A word of warning: Amazon Inspire Digital Sriter Resources.

The library is no more than a store room for several thousand books. Very easy to follow for someone like me to whom English is not a native language.

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Amazon Second Chance Pass it on, trade it in, give it a second life. No trivia or quizzes yet. Page 1 of 1 Start over Page 1 of 1. That edition has numerous typo errors. It’s just a beco,ing of finding the “writer’s magic”–a degree of which is in us all.

What a gem this 75 year old volume is.

Brande addressed the fears and frustrations that prevent writers from maximizing their true potential. 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.

Here, however, is a dorotheq who exposes this lie and provides practical exercises aimed at discovering and freeing your own inner genius. She talks about getting your conscious and unconscious minds to work together, how to get your butt in the chair, how to make writing easy, and how to let your genius emerge.


Then I began to write my first novel. I have submitted myself spinelessly to this “dullness of apprehension” which the author labelled as “a real danger to a writer. But I will quote a short statement taken dorotjea the back of the copy I picked up, second hand, for less than the price of a coffee. Feb 08, Jeanette “Astute Crabbist” rated it it was amazing Shelves: The book entered more than 34 printings and sold more than 1 million copies. Every single day I’ve never missed reading something.

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From inside the book. It has taken all this time to realise that writing is a full-time business. Lists with This Book. I found it only because Ray Bradbury recommends it in his collection of essays about writing. As I haven’t tried her techniques yet, I can’t speak to how successful they will be for me, but they certainly appear sound: The next morning begin without rereading what you have already done.

Nothing was further from my mind, on the evening of my first lecture, than adding to the top-heavy literature on the subject.

Cameron says to write three pages, also first thing in the morning, before doing anything else. Jul 26, Cathy Carpenter rated it it was amazing Shelves: For whether he knows it or not, he is in search of the very thing that is denied him in that dismissive sentence.