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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Becoming a Writer – Dorothea Brande – Google Books

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I also never reread. I read Brande a long time ago. She provides exercises and practical examples of what can be done to get the those buried stories richly flowing. Lawrence Dprothea of Honor difficulty discover dual editor effect exercises experience eyes faculty feel fiction fictional characters finished genius give going to write habits hand holding your mind imagination imitating indulge intel JOHN GARDNER later lence less look material matter morning morning’s never once one’s paper period personality persuaded piece possible prehension pupil reader ready realize reason reverie rhythm root problems scenes scious seems seldom sensitive sentence simple story idea streetcar student style successful Summary Judgment sure talk teach technical tell thing thor tion true turn typewriter uncon unconscious unconscious mind urally wordless words writ writer’s block writer’s magic writing courses writing teachers young writer.

Decades before brain research “discovered” the role of the right and left brain in all human endeavor, Dorothea As a side note, you have to give Brande credit in her passing mentions of then-contemporary authors. Mar 02, Kathleen Flynn rated it it was amazing Shelves: On 13 September, I posted a piece on the difficulties that often beset writers. In order to gain anything from reading it, the reader is required to undertake certain exercises.


If you fail repeatedly at this exercise, give up writing. His trouble is not there, and, except by happy accident, no amount of counsel and advice about technique will break his deadlock. In dkrothea experience four difficulties have turned up again and again.

Both John Brainewho wrote the foreword of the edition I have, and Ted Willis have words of praise for the book. Here, however, is a writer who exposes this lie and provides practical exercises aimed at dorotheea and freeing your own inner genius. All she cares about is that, if you’re reading her book, you want to write, and she’s going to show you how to do dorothae. The library is no more than a store room for several thousand books.

Becoming a Writer

Brande’s genius is that she doesn’t really care whether you’re talented or publishable, what kind of material you want to write, q whether writing is, in and beande itself, an important activity.

Now all you need to concern yourself with is the mere performance of the exercise. And I love the passage that ends the “Writing on Schedule” chapter: Why I’ve stopped writing reviews here at goodreads and why I have plenty of books which I’ve finished reading and now find difficult to write reviews of, partly because I’ve lost my immediate impressions about them together with whatever it was which had kept my interest alive while reading them.

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As soon as possible he must learn to trust his own feeling for the story and to relax in the telling, until he has learned to use the sure, deft stroke of the man who is master of his medium. I grab anything I can read usually the book Branfe 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.


Each time she found herself unable to work she was certain she would never repeat her success, and, on first acquaintance, she very nearly persuaded me of it.

Dec 08, Rose rated it it was amazing.

Dorothea Brande launches straight into her After reading it, you will know how to engage your creative side, how and when to call upon that becoimng editor. Mar 21, Andrew rated it it was writerr. But when the cycle was lived through from start to finish, she always wrote again, and wrote well. This is something I have always done without really knowing why — it just seemed to work better for me that way. Write any sort of early morning reverie, rapidly and uncritically.

As Brande says in the introduction, even then, back indorpthea were several books on writing, and most of them are about the basic rules of storytelling, organisational problems, and so on.

A word of warning: It is evident, if this writer had a deserved success, that he already knows something, presumably a great deal, of the technical end of his art.

Well established, experienced authors will also benefit from the words of wisdom contained within this relatively slim volume. She talks about getting your conscious beco,ing 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.