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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. 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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Becoming a Writer by Dorothea Brande. Well established, experienced authors will also benefit from the beconing of wisdom contained within this relatively slim volume. Oh my god, you guys. It’s just a question of finding the “writer’s magic”–a degree of which is in us all. Jul 23, Anton rated it it was amazing Shelves: On 13 September, I posted a piece on the difficulties that often beset writers. Holy crap, Dorothea Brande, why the hell is your book almost completely forgotten?

This book is about freeing that unconscious ability in all of us. 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.

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

droothea Then go back and read your accumulated free-writings after a long, non-reading hiatus to find a subject of your own to write about and to set an appointment three days hence to sit down and write in one setting a complete work.

The thing about Brande is that she said it first, and said it best. Four stars for content, and the fifth star for renewal of hope. More importantly, it far surpasses even the most famous and best-loved books on writing that have come since. 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.


She points out how new experiences allow us to see all of the details in a new situation: In a nutshell, this book is about tapping that rich store in the unconscious mind. I have not learned “to see again” “Learning to See Again,” Chapter The excellence or ultimate worth of what you write is of no importance yet.

The bfcoming morning begin without rereading what you have already done.

Becoming a Writer by Dorothea Brande

Brande also doesn’t write at length on the topic. 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. Very interesting ideas about how to work in greater harmony with your unconscious, and harness its power deliberately. I like especially her chapter 5, Harnessing the Unconscious: Dorothex many times have I heard th I read this classic, first weiter inthinking it might be able to help me write well.

Related articles I Can’t Get Started. The first clue is in the title. Ok, can I s how much I liked this book? Next step is to move that time to one that you consciously set. And although I still have much more to cover, I have never been more motivated about my desire to write.

Then I began to write my first novel. Write any sort of early morning reverie, rapidly and uncritically.

Becoming a Writer

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 reservoir of unsuspected energy —one reaches the famous “second wind.


A sound, practical, inspirational and charming approach to writing, it fulfills on finding “the writer’s magic. Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read.

Feb 08, Jeanette “Astute Crabbist” rated it it was amazing Shelves: I have a couple more unpublished novels, plus, of course, Sons of Gods, a new version of the Mahabharata. 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. 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.

Brande is convinced that only after you get those two halves working together will you produce your best work.

February 15, at Criticism and rejection are not personal insults, but your artistic component will not know that. The study is where I read, research and dream and plot- it has windows, three of them all beautiful; a twenty volume dictionary and music.

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