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Becoming a Writer has ratings and reviews. Daniel said: Holy crap, Dorothea Brande, why the hell is your book almost completely forgotten?I g. Becoming a writer by Dorothea Brande, , Harcourt, Brace and company edition, in English. Brande must be the innovator of the concept. After free writing she suggests getting up an hour earlier than usual and writing as much as possible. Next step is to.

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This is a book on overcoming the many psychological hurdles to developing a writing life. Nothing was further from my mind, on the evening of my first lecture, than adding to the top-heavy literature on the subject.

Feb 08, Jeanette “Astute Crabbist” rated it it was amazing Shelves: There is not much to be said for the recommendation, so often heard, to serve an apprenticeship to journalism if you intend to write fiction.

If you can teach yourself to use the typewriter in this period, so much the better. I also never reread. Every so often I encounter a brick wall and quickly come to believe that an illiterate would do a better job than I. Get fast, free shipping with Amazon Prime. Beecoming Brande, the author, goes on to suggest grande “if possible, learn to compose on the typewriter”.

But, and I speak from experience, perseverance will pay out in spades. A reissue of a classic work published in on writing and the creative process, Becoming a Writer recaptures the excitement of Dorothea Brande’s creative writing classroom of the s.

She anticipates Carl Jung’s collective unconscious and our New Age understanding of higher consciousness: Anyone can write and genius can be taught and learned, and that it is precisely the belief to the contrary that stifles and kills one’s innate ability to weave magic through the written word.

But good advice is good advice. Jun 03, Joselito Honestly and Brilliantly rated writfr it was amazing. No, she realized, as John Gardner notes in his foreword, “the root problems of the writer are personality problems,” and thus her wise book is designed to xorothea help you get over yourself and start writing, with techniques ranging from a simple declaration to write every day at a fixed time — no matter what — to exercises that come close to inventing the TM and self-actualization movements that would follow a few decades later.


Number of pages I am almost finished with the book, and must say that all the exercises are easy to follow, and helped me to determine if I am truly a writer. After reading it, you will know how to becomibg your creative side, how and when to call upon that internal editor. I recognized a lot of myself in this early section, so it kept me reading.

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John Gardner Foreword by. In other words, this is the book you need to read before you start writing. Act as if it were impossible to fail.

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All my life I thought I could do both- live a normal life and write. I have not learned “to see again” “Learning to See Again,” Chapter Amazon Second Chance Pass it on, trade it in, give it a second life.

I like especially her chapter 5, Harnessing the Unconscious: Amazon Inspire Digital Educational Resources. Recommended by Bradbury in Zen in the Art of Writingthis has some interesting ideas on respecting and working with your creative unconscious. I think any writer would benefit by spending a few dollars and reading this book. For whether he knows it or not, he is in search of the very thing that is denied him in that dismissive sentence.

Becoming a Writer

To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. Her understanding of the conscious and unconscious mind of writers and artists was as complete as a World Class NLP Practitioner in both her exercises and her use of metaphor.

This was before the spread of Transcendental Meditation or other movements. The purpose of this injunction will become clear later. Forget that you have any critical faculty at all; realize that no one need ever see what you are writing unless you choose to show it. She somehow was able to name-drop writers who, almost without exception, continue to be read today: Without exception, this is fre very favorite book on writing.

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This book, I believe, will be unique; for I think he is right. It’s just a question of finding the “writer’s magic”–a degree of which is in us all. This is a duplicate, slightly revised, of the Amazon review I wrote back in This worked well for him until members of his family, seeing him alone, took the opportunity to come over to talk to him. First published in the s — it’s so outdated that she talks about how you need a portable typewriter — this is hands-down the best book I’ve ever read on how to write and the only one you’ll ever need.


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”.

Worse, I’ve been led to believe that writers are born, not made, and that the great writers I’ve known were geniuses who had been gifted with this rare ability to write well with ease and spontaneity. I have just discovered that Amazon has removed that review! And her calm, relaxed tone convinced me of this fact as well. 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 Wrtier realized the true basis of my discontent.

So, why am I bringing to your attention yet another book, causing you further anxiety of deciding in which of the hundreds of volumes you should invest your valuable time and energy, let alone money? Initially, some of these may seem wwriter, meaningless, pedantic, even a little odd. You will find nothing about plot, dialogue, structure, beginnings, endings here.