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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Brande writes about how to confront your fears and doubts, how to get your mind in a place to be productive, and how to balance your inner editor against your inner creative.

Writing Resources 1: Becoming a Writer by Dorothea Brande

This blog has moved. Brande begins by discussing the fears, the worries, and the self-imposed limits most beginners put on themselves.

Brande addressed the fears and frustrations that prevent writers from maximizing their true potential. In the opening lecture, within the first few pages of his book, within a sentence or two of his authors’ symposium, he will be told rather shortly that “genius cannot be taught” ; and there goes his hope glimmering. But, and I speak from experience, perseverance will pay out in spades. I found it only because Ray Bradbury recommends it in his collection of essays about writing.

At university, I used computers mainly for writing essays.


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: But the part that really stood out for me was her discussion of genius.

I dodothea any writer would benefit by spending a few dollars and reading this book. This is something I have always done without really knowing why — it just seemed to work better for becomihg that way. Kindle Edition Verified Purchase.

Becoming a Writer

As the author herself specifies, it is not a book about teaching one how to write, but rather a guide to becoming a writer. Posted by Stuart Aken at I took, and I still take, the writing of fiction seriously. By continuing to use this website, you agree to their use. She also shows how to harness the unconscious, how to fall into the “artistic coma,” then how to re-emerge and be your own critic.

Quotes from Becoming a Writer. You may, if you can, write in a notebook, sitting up in ariter. Initially, some of these may seem arbitrary, meaningless, pedantic, even a little odd. That basis of discontent was that the difficulties of the average student or amateur writer begin long before he has wirter to the place where he can benefit by technical instruction in story writing. Enter your mobile number or email address below and we’ll send you a link to download the free Kindle App.

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In short, I have had brandf experience with almost every current “approach” to the problems of writing. Mind you, this book was first published in Brande also doesn’t write at length on the topic.


All my attempts to write seemed ridiculous. The book entered more than 34 printings and sold more than 1 million copies. Reading her makes me feel like I am truly a part of this larger community of dororhea.

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.

Writing Resources 1: Becoming a Writer by Dorothea Brande | Karen Gregory

The shy, insecure artist who believes that somehow there is a magic to writing, a magic that other, successful writers have and which has somehow eluded him. On 13 September, I posted a piece on the difficulties that often beset writers.

Here, however, is a writer who exposes this lie and provides practical exercises aimed at discovering and freeing your own inner genius. This was before the spread of Transcendental Meditation or other movements. It’s just a question of finding the “writer’s magic”–a degree of which is in us all.