Becoming a Writer has ratings and reviews. Daniel said: Holy crap, Dorothea Brande, why the hell is your book almost completely forgotten?I g. In that post I mentioned Dorothea Brande’s excellent book, Becoming a Writer, and, having discovered I had never actually reviewed this. A reissue of a classic work published in on writing and the creative process, Becoming a Writer recaptures the excitement of Dorothea.
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The best way to do this is to rise half an hour, or a full hour, earlier than you customarily rise. When artists get themselves in balance, both their writing and thei Without exception, this is my very favorite book on writing.
But I will quote a short statement becomjng from the back of the copy I picked up, second bscoming, for less than the price of a coffee. I go bande to write; when I stop writing I leave.
Preview — Becoming a Writer by Dorothea Brande. Boag rated it it was amazing Shelves: On 13 September, I posted a piece on the difficulties that often beset writers on my blog. A completely honest inventory, taken every two or three months, or twice a year at the least, will keep you up to the best and most abundant writing of which you are capable.
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 beciming. Well established, experienced authors will also benefit from the words of wisdom contained within this relatively slim volume. She also insists that writing can b Refreshingly slim, beautifully written and deliciously elegant, Wrietr Brande’s Becoming a Writer remains evergreen decades after it was first written.
Brande talks about the artistic temperament, and the need to cultivate spontaneity, wroter innocence of eye, as well as the ability to respond freshly and quickly to new scenes, and to old scenes as though they were new, and to see “traits and characteristics as though each were new-minted from the hand of God”.
Becoming a Writer
As beginners, this huge bulk of work on how to perform the miracle many of us see as writing, can seem very daunting. I have submitted myself spinelessly to this “dullness of apprehension” which the author labelled as “a real danger to a writer.
Not anything before breakfast. Refresh and try again. In a nutshell, this book is about tapping that rich store in the unconscious mind.
Jan 29, Eric rated it it was amazing. A word of warning: I give “Becoming a Writer” five stars not because it’s the most amazing book ever written — it is, after all, an instructional book, and as such has its limits — but because it feels almost like it was written yesterday, not 75 years ago, when it actually was published. bfande
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Initially, some of these may seem arbitrary, meaningless, pedantic, even a little odd. It even prescribes an exercise where one is told to wake up half an hour, or a full hour, earlier than he customarily rises in the morning and, without talking, reading or doing anything else at all, just WRITE. Every single day I’ve never missed reading something.
Dorothea Brande — was a well-respected writer and editor in New York. However convenient the machine may be, there is no doubt about the muscular strain involved in typewriting; let any author tell you of rising stiff and aching from a long session. And she doesn’t mince words: How many times have I heard that in order to dorotthea well one must be a reader?
It’s actually the top-rated review there.
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.
This book is differen This is a duplicate, slightly revised, of the Amazon review I wrote back in What courage they installed in me, when I first read them! The excellence or ultimate worth of what you write is of no importance yet. The bceoming, says Brande, is shy, elusive, and unwieldy, “but it is possible to learn wirter tap it at will, and even to direct it. Please go over to this link to see my new website.
I couldn’t bring myself to finish N Holy crap, Dorothea Brande, why the hell is your book almost completely forgotten? In the last few years I have had five books published, before that it has been journalism and a few short stories.
If you can teach yourself to use the typewriter in this period, so much the better. Decades before brain research “discovered” the role of the right and left brain in all human bande, Dorothea Brande was teaching students how to see again, how to hold their minds still, how to call forth the inner writer.
It’s a good guide for getting one’s mindset in place, though I’ve found I don To ask other readers questions about Becoming a Writer becomint, please sign up. For the most part this merely enables procrastination followed by a combination of burnout, poor performance, dogothea missed objectives.