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

Quotes from Becoming a Writer. Both John Brainewho wrote the foreword of the edition I have, and Ted Willis have words of praise for the book. Sometimes it is self-consciousness that stems the flow.

Writers who complain of this are often able to start a story well, but find it out of control after a few pages. It’s a good guide for getting one’s mindset in place, though I’ve found I don Decades before brain research “discovered” the role of the right and left brain in all human endeavor, Dorothea Brande was teaching students how to see again, how to hold their minds qriter, how to call forth the inner writer.

No; he is right in considering the sudden stoppage of his gift a morbid symptom, and right, usually, in thinking it can be relieved.

Even inthere were plenty of books and writing courses to give advice on plot, pacing, etc. Open Preview See a Problem?

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

It will renew your creativity, and help you remember why creating is worth confronting those fears and insecurities. Granted, those writers all were quite famous in their day, but so were many others who are no longer read. Even with pages and pages devoted to the writer getting in touch with his unconscious mind, there’s nothing becojing about “Becoming a Writer.


But his first impatience at being unable to repeat his success can pass into discouragement and go on to actual despair; and an excellent author may be lost in consequence. A word of warning: In addition, there are two other rooms: Dorothea Brande breaks down the creative process into two parts: View all 6 comments. It becominy no difference to the success of this practice if your paragraphs are amorphous, the thought vague or extravagant, the ideas hazy.

I like especially her chapter 5, Harnessing the Unconscious: And her calm, relaxed tone convinced me of this fact as well.

Ok, can I say how much I liked this book? That is the talisman, the formula, the command of right-about-face which turns us from failure towards success. Long before Julia Cameron gave budding artists a creative kickstart with “The Artist’s Way”, Becming 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.

The particular point to be noted just here is that this difficulty is anterior to any problems about story structure or plot building, and that unless the writer can be helped past it there is very likely to be no need for technical instruction at all.


I’ve loved this book for the last 15 beoming. Sometimes, but rarely, a kind of touchy vanity is at work, which will not risk any rebuff and so will not allow anything to be undertaken which is not assured in advance of acceptance.

The Four Difficulties of Becoming a Writer by Dorothea Brande

The first clue is in the title. Read this, heed what it dorotuea and write. I also never reread. This was before the spread of Transcendental Meditation or other movements.

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. She also insists that writing can be both taught and learned.

The Four Difficulties of Becoming a Writer by Dorothea Brande

Long before introspection became the norm in our society, Ms. When artists get themselves in balance, both their writing and their other responsibilities fall into place.

And she doesn’t mince words: Not true, Brande says. As beginners, this huge bulk of work on how to perform the miracle many of us see as writing, can seem very daunting. A sound, practical, inspirational and charming approach to writing, it fulfills on finding “the writer’s magic.