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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Stuart Aken: Becoming A Writer, by Dorothea Brande, Reviewed

The excellence or ultimate worth of what you write is of no importance yet. This book was written in the s, I think, dorothew yet it still contains very practical advice for modern aspiring writers. She provides exercises and practical examples of what can be done to get the those buried stories richly flowing.

I have not learned “to see again” “Learning to See Again,” Chapter This book is writr work; in George Harrison had not yet gone to India to set off the boom in meditation, and we were not yet informed on the validity of “right-brained” thinking.

How many times have I heard th I read this classic, first published inthinking it might be able to help me write well. Writer’s Block; What’s That? In order to gain dorothra from reading it, the reader is required to undertake certain exercises. In addition, there are two other rooms: 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, q the toilet, inside the car on my way to work during heavy traffic.

And I am busy. This was before the spread of Transcendental Meditation or other movements.

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. 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: As beginners, this huge bulk of work on how to perform the miracle many brcoming us see as writing, can seem very daunting.


John Gardner Foreword by. You have to be able to schedule time to work on your business while you still have a day job and follow through. Then there are exercises to help you get into the right frame of mind and to build up writing stamina.

It even prescribes an exercise where one is told to wake up half an hour, or a full hour, earlier than he customarily rises in the morning and, without talking, reading or doing anything else at all, just WRITE. Your resistance is actually greater than your desire to write, and you may as well find some other outlet for your energy as early as late. Doroothea I am unconscious I am out.

This blog has moved. To reiterate, what you are actually doing is training yourself, in the twilight zone between sleep and the full waking state, simply to write. With close reference to the great writers of her day–Wolfe, Forster, Wharton and so on–Brande gives practical but inspirational advice about finding the right time of day to write and being very self disciplined about it–“You have decided to write at four o’clock, and at four o’clock you must write.

But I wish I had come upon it at the very start. The first clue is in the title. The best way to do this is to rise half an hour, or a full hour, earlier than you customarily rise. How many dozens of writing books have I read, and I should have read this one first.

Very interesting ideas about how to work in greater harmony with your unconscious, and harness its power deliberately.

April 13, at 3: It’s a good guide for getting one’s mindset in place, though I’ve found I don 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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Refreshingly slim, beautifully written and deliciously elegant, Dorothea Brande’s Becoming a Writer remains evergreen decades after it was first written. Becoming a Writer Dorothea Brande J. I read Brande a long time ago. The bulk of the book is about not only understanding that dual nature, but also positioning yourself to use that duality most effectively.

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And she doesn’t mince words: This is a book that aspiring writers must read to achieve the magic that gets those words on paper. I believe that to be an aim worthy of effort. 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 dorotheaa writing just by filling it with Buddhist sound-bites.

In order to gain anything from reading it, the reader is required to undertake write exercises.

Becoming a Writer

Holy crap, Dorothea Brande, why the hell is your book almost completely forgotten? 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. Act as if it were impossible to fail. Dorothea Brande breaks down the creative process into two parts: Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read.

I couldn’t bring myself to finish N Holy crap, Dorothea Brande, why the hell is your book almost completely forgotten? Quotes from Becoming a Writer.

In other words, this is the book you need to read before you start writing. Without exception, this is writwr very favorite book on writing.