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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It’s a great tool for beginners or for those who have been feeling blocked or unproductive lately. I recognized a lot of myself in this early section, so it kept me reading. You can read them in any order, of course.

You will find nothing about plot, dialogue, structure, beginnings, endings here. Afterward you will find yourself disinclined to go with the laborious process of writing that story at full length; unconsciously you will consider it as already done, a twice-told tale. Both John Brainewho wrote the foreword of the edition I have, and Ted Willis have words of praise for the book.

But good advice is good advice. Those three books were followed by ten years in which nothing was published, but I still write on, still following Brande’s “method”.

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Would you like to tell us about a lower price? Get to Know Us. I have place set aside for writing, there are no This is a book that aspiring writers must read to achieve the magic that gets those words on paper.


One final antiquarian tip: Holy crap, Dorothea Brande, why the hell is your book almost completely forgotten? I have a couple more unpublished novels, plus, of course, Sons of Gods, a new version of the Mahabharata.

My library Help Advanced Book Search. In a nutshell, this book is about tapping that rich store in the unconscious mind. It would have saved me a lot of trouble, both in reading those other books and writing my own.

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Besides, reading is much easier than writing. Instead, brajde merely showed me why I am not a writer. This is something I have always done without really knowing why — it just seemed to work better for me that way. Brandes’s advice was intended for fiction writers, but there is no reason to suspect it doesn’t apply to any writer.

Enter your mobile number or email address below and we’ll send you a link to download the free Kindle App. This site uses cookies. In any case, her belief is that in most aspiring writers, the problems holding them back are not technical, but psychological.

As a side note, you have to give Brande credit in her passing mentions of then-contemporary authors. Mind you, this book was first published in This is a duplicate, slightly revised, of the Amazon review I wrote back in You will agree with Brande when she says that your genius is infinite. Ok, can I say how much I liked dorothe book? Quotes from Becoming a Writer. And although I still have much more to cover, I have never been more motivated about my desire to write.


Writing Resources 1: Becoming a Writer by Dorothea Brande

It’s accessible, practical, and inspiring, and now has a permanent place near my writing desk. Brand bookshelves overflow with the works of other instructors whom I have not seen in the flesh. It is her language, really, that makes the difference.

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Refresh and try again. Dorothea has another exercise: Toward Effortless Writing Writing calls on unused muscles and involves solitude and immobility. And she doesn’t mince words: 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.

All my attempts to write seemed ridiculous. Both sides must be in balance: Jun 03, Joselito Honestly and Brilliantly rated it it was amazing. One idea I loved was not talking about your writing until it is done. This is a book that aspiring writers must read to achieve the magic that gets those words on paper.