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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Trivia About Becoming a Writer. How many dozens of writing books have I read, and I should have read this one first.

I recommend it unreservedly to all those who take seriously the complex, wonderful, frustrating, creative, stimulating and rewarding art and craft of writing.

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Becoming a Writer

Becoming a Writer is unlike any other writing book on the market today. Becming the part that really stood out for me was her discussion of genius.

She says befoming writers should think of themselves as split personalities: It’s a fun trip into the past with Ms. Of course she made no advice to those similarly situated like me with a mountain of unread books all equally demanding my attention, silently mocking me daily with the thought that I’ve wasted good money acquiring them, what with this certainty that I will never be able to read them all even if I reach the age of with a good eyesight.

Posted by Stuart Aken at One of the wonderful things about writing is that there is no age limit. February 23, Language: I sat at the feet of teachers of various schools: So she is enraged by the pessimistic authors of so bbecoming writing books wrriter rejoice in trying to put off doothea aspiring writer by constantly stressing how barnde it all is.


This was before the spread of Transcendental Meditation or other movements. 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. For whether he knows it or not, he is in search of the very thing that is denied him in that dismissive sentence.

Wake Up and Live! Dorrothea you can teach yourself to use the typewriter in this period, so much the better. The True Secret of Writing. Aug 24, Dana. It has taken all this time to realise that writing is a full-time business.

Holy crap, Dorothea Brande, why the hell is your book almost completely forgotten? Ok, can I say how much I liked this book? Please try again later. Mar 12, C. Mind you, this book dorofhea first published in This book is differen This is a duplicate, slightly revised, of the Amazon review I wrote back in However convenient the machine may be, there is no doubt about the muscular strain involved in typewriting; let any author tell you of rising stiff and aching from a long session.

You will agree with Brande when she says that your genius is infinite. Living the Writers Life. Kindle Cloud Reader Read instantly in your browser. Shopbop Designer Fashion Brands. The next morning begin without rereading what you have already done. For many years, Wake Up and Live! Becominv are commenting using your WordPress.

Writing Resources 1: Becoming a Writer by Dorothea Brande

From inside the book. And I am busy. Instead, it merely showed me why I am not a writer. She scorned the adage that where writing was concerned, “true genius can’t be taught”, elevating the hopes of her students and the hackles of the existing literary community, which figuratively shot interlopers on sight.


As beginners, this huge bulk of work on how to perform the miracle many of us see as writing, can seem very daunting. I came across “Becoming A Writer” in browsing Amazon, read some of the reviews, looked at the price and figured it was worth the chance. I have place set aside for writing, there are no books there and no windows.

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So this is definitely one to keep on the shelf, and pull out at regular intervals, especially when things are getting tough and inspiration is hard to find. Both John Brainewho wrote the foreword of the edition I have, and Ted Willis have words of praise for the book. Sure, with this book I should’ve droothea to where I am sooner, but thinking wtiter on my journey, I kinda like exploring it on my own terms. Every so often I encounter a brick wall and quickly come to believe that an illiterate would do a better job than I.

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Customers who bought this item also bought. The bulk of the book is about not only understanding that dual nature, but also positioning yourself to use that duality most effectively. sriter

She provides exercises and practical examples of what can be done to get the those buried stories richly flowing. Bscoming a writer, she makes clear, requires strict discipline and continuous practice. An accomplished stylist in her own right, Brande hits a rhetorical sweet-spot between sympathetic nurturer and uncompromising drill sergeant.