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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As a matter of fact, you will find more value in this material than you expect, but your primary purpose now is not to bring forth deathless words, but to write any words at all which are not pure nonsense.

Every single day I’ve never missed reading something. The metaphor she told was of a writer who spent his gestation times lying on his back on the grounds becominh his house looking up at the clouds.

But I will quote a short statement taken from the back of the copy I picked up, second hand, for less than becomin price of a coffee. The excellence or ultimate worth of what you write is of no importance yet.

Right here I should like to sound the solemnest warning that you will find in this book: In the last few years I have had five books published, before that it has been journalism and a few short stories. The study is where I read, dorothes and dream and plot- it has windows, three of them all beautiful; a twenty volume dictionary and music.

But I have never written anything in the wee hours of the morning. It will quiver and wince and run to cover, and you will have trouble in luring it out again to observe and weave tales and find words for all the thousand shades of feeling which go to make up a story.


Becoming a Writer

This book is about freeing that unconscious ability in all of us. So she is enraged by the pessimistic authors of so many writing books who rejoice in trying to put off the aspiring writer by constantly stressing how difficult it all is. As beginners, this huge bulk of work on how to perform the miracle many of us see as wri On 13 September, I posted a piece on the difficulties that often beset writers on my blog. 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.

This, if at all possible, is the book you should read before you even contemplate immersion in the techniques of the trade. Forget that you have any critical faculty at all; realize that no one dorothsa ever see what you are writing unless you choose to show it.

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

How many times have I heard th I read this classic, first published inthinking it might be able to help me qriter well.

She says- and she is right- that you must have dedicated time and place for writing. Lists with This Book.

Feb 15, Amalia Danciu rated it it was amazing. Criticism and rejection are not personal insults, but your artistic component will not know that. Feb 08, Jeanette “Astute Crabbist” rated it it was amazing Shelves: I told someone about the book and thereby removed the information I would otherwise have to share with you here.

Without exception, this is my very favorite book on writing. The purpose of this injunction will become clear later. But a journalist’s career does teach two lessons which every writer needs to learn —that it is possible to write for long periods without fatigue, and that if one pushes on past the first weariness one finds a r I like especially her chapter 5, Harnessing the Unconscious: It’s accessible, practical, and inspiring, and now has a permanent place near my writing desk.

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Even with pages and pages devoted to the writer getting in touch with his unconscious mind, there’s nothing namby-pamby about “Becoming a Writer. Why I cannot be a writer. I have submitted myself spinelessly to this “dullness of apprehension” which the author labelled as “a real danger to a writer. The thing about Brande is that she said it first, and said it best. 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, inside the toilet, inside the car on my way to work during heavy traffic.

Jul 26, Cathy Carpenter rated it it was amazing Shelves: Stories, Brande says, are formed in the unconscious mind, which must flow freely and richly, bringing at demand all the” treasures of memory, all the emotions, scenes, incidents, intimations of character and relationship” which is stored away beyond our awareness. My everyday concerns and pleasures are like antagonistic cheerleaders distracting my writing mind. You must know how to get yourself in the mood for writing, and you must take all you need for the duration- including the all important thermos of coffee.

But I wish I had come upon it at the very start.