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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Every single day I’ve never missed reading something.

In order to gain anything from reading it, the reader is required to undertake certain exercises. Account Options Sign in. She says that writers should think of themselves as split personalities: But it is possible to make either typing or writing by hand second nature, so that muscular strain will not slow you down or keep you from writing. 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.

Gardner may have had noteworthy things to say about the art of writing elsewhere, but here he doesn’t add much, I’m sorry to say. In my experience four difficulties have turned up again and again. I go there to write; when I stop writing I leave. Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. This blog has moved. One idea I loved was not talking about your writing until it is done.

View all 6 comments. That is the talisman, the formula, the command of right-about-face which turns us from failure towards success. To buy the book: And I love the passage that ends the “Writing on Schedule” chapter: Peter T Knight Limited preview – But obviously he does not consider himself a one-book author, or we should hear nothing more from him. 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.


To be ready to learn it you will have to go by a rather roundabout way, first considering the main difficulties which you will meet, then embarking on simple, but stringently self-enforced exercises to overcome those difficulties. This is a duplicate, slightly revised, of the Amazon review I wrote back in Jul 23, Anton rated it it was amazing Shelves: Writer’s Block; What’s That?

Long before introspection became the norm in our societ Long before Julia Cameron gave budding artists a creative kickstart with “The Artist’s Way”, Dorothea Brande was coaxing aspiring writers out of self-imposed dry spells, first with her creative writing classes and finally with “Becoming A Writer”, which is a Cliff Notes version of the practical lessons she presented to one roomful of disillusioned students after another during the s.

You may, if you can, write in a brxnde, sitting up wriyer bed. You might also like: Paperbackpages. The library is no more than a store room for several thousand books. Ok, can I say how much I liked this book?

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Those three books were followed by ten years in which nothing was published, but I still write on, still following Brande’s “method”. Published init is still in print. It’s accessible, practical, and inspiring, writwr now has a permanent place near my writing desk. It’s just a question of finding the “writer’s magic”–a degree of which is in us all. A reissue of a classic work published in on writing and the creative process, Becoming a Writer recaptures the excitement of Dorothea Brande’s creative writing classroom of the s.


I would not hesitate to take writing advice from Dorothea Brande, for the simple reason that her own writing is so elegant and clear.

Leave a Reply Cancel Reply Your email address will not be published. She somehow was able to name-drop writers who, almost without exception, continue to be read today: She also insists that writing can be both taught and learned.

Becoming a Writer

But good advice is good advice. I have a couple more unpublished novels, plus, of course, Sons of Gods, a new version of the Mahabharata.

Granted, those writers all were quite famous in their day, but so were many others who are no longer read. It’s not about writing techniques, styles or genres. It made me happy knowing I’ve been doing things right, that I’m traveling along the right z.

Published March 1st by J. I also never reread. Write anything that comes into your head: It will renew your creativity, and help you remember why creating is worth confronting those fears and insecurities.

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