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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Boag rated it it was amazing Shelves: 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. Not just green or red, here, but sage or olive green, scarlet or maroon.

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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.

Even inthere were plenty of books and writing courses to give advice on plot, pacing, etc. Becoming a Writer is unlike any other writing book on the market today. But a journalist’s career does teach two lessons which every writer needs to learn —that it is possible to write for long periods without fatigue, and that if one pushes on past the first weariness one finds a reservoir of unsuspected energy —one reaches the famous “second wind.

Brande’s genius is that 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.

And her calm, relaxed tone convinced me of this fact as well. When artists get themselves in balance, both their writing and dodothea other responsibilities fall into place. May 27, James rated it it was amazing. 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.


I know I say this every time, but this is one of the best books I’ve read about writing. 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. Books by Dorothea Brande. This is a book that aspiring writers must read to achieve the magic that gets those words on paper.

Becoming a Writer

As a matter of fact, you will find more value in this material than you expect, but your primary purpose now is not to bring forth deathless words, but to write any words at all which are not pure nonsense.

When I am unconscious I am out. 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. Here, however, is a writer who exposes this lie and provides practical exercises aimed at discovering and freeing your own inner genius.

But good advice is good advice. Many of us keep this responsiveness well into adolescence; Very few mature men and women are fortunate enough to preserve it in their routine lives.

I read this book inat a time when I never dared dream of writing a complete novel. Initially, some of these may seem arbitrary, meaningless, pedantic, even a little odd. There is not much to be said for the recommendation, so often heard, to serve an write to journalism if you intend to write fiction.


Those three books were followed by ten years in which nothing was published, but I still write on, still following Brande’s “method”. This book provides that key. Refreshingly slim, beautifully written and deliciously elegant, Dorothea Brande’s Bradne a Writer remains evergreen decades after it was first written. When I am awake I am not unconscious. Long before introspection became the norm in our societ Long before Julia Cameron gave budding artists a creative kickstart with “The Artist’s Way”, Dorothea Brande was coaxing aspiring writers out of self-imposed dry spells, first with her creative writing classes and finally with “Becoming A Writer”, which is a Cliff Notes version of the practical lessons she presented to one roomful of disillusioned students after another during the s.

All my life I thought I could do both- live a normal life and write.

Brande also doesn’t write at length on the topic. If you tell yourself it will be easier when you quit your day job and start bootstrapping full time you could not be more wrong: But Brande actually points out the advantages of the flip side: Why I cannot be a writer.

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. My everyday concerns and pleasures are like becoimng cheerleaders distracting my writing mind.

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