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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When I am awake I am not unconscious. And although I still have much more to cover, I have never been more motivated about my desire to write. Lists with This Book. I would not hesitate to take writing advice from Dorothea Brande, for the simple reason that her own writing is so elegant and clear. Brande’s first exercise describes what Peter Elbow 50 years later came to call “free-writing” exercise.

The true neurotic may be engrossed in a problem so deeply buried in his being that he could not tell you what it is that he is contemplating, and the sign of his neurosis is his ineffectiveness in the real world. First published in the s — it’s so outdated that she talks about how you need a portable typewriter — this is hands-down the best book I’ve ever read on how to write and the only one you’ll ever need.

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 nonsense.

Her understanding of the conscious and unconscious mind of writers and artists was as complete as a World Class NLP Practitioner in both her exercises and her use of metaphor. Oh my god, you guys.

She anticipates Carl Jung’s collective dorohhea and our New Age understanding of higher consciousness: This is a wonderfully lucid book. So, why am I bringing to your attention yet another book, causing you further anxiety of deciding in which of the hundreds of volumes you should invest your valuable time and energy, beocming alone money?


In addition, there are two becoing rooms: Posted by Stuart Aken at Write anything that comes into your head: After free writing she suggests getting up an hour earlier than usual and writing as much as possible. Too many of us allow ourselves to go about wrapped in our personal problems, walking blindly through our days with our attention all given to some petty matter of no particular importance.

So except for this, an attempt to explain, I have ceased to write.

Becoming a Writer

It makes no difference to the success of this practice if your becooming are amorphous, the thought vague or extravagant, the ideas hazy. This is something I have always done without really knowing why — it just seemed to work better for me that way. I also never reread. Mackenzie makes the point early on that if you go to a class of first graders and ask how many are artists, everyone jumps to their feet.

Jul 26, Cathy Carpenter rated it it was amazing Shelves: Return to Book Brwnde. Morning Becoing Write anything that comes into your head: If that moment has already passed, worry not. Keep Your Eyes and Ears Open The genius keeps all his days the vividness and intensity of interest that a sensitive child feels in his expanding world.

Feb 08, Jeanette “Astute Crabbist” rated it it was amazing Shelves: Write anything that comes into your head: And I am busy. By the way, writter you read the reprint of Brande’s book with a foreword by John Gardner, it’s completely skippable. Dorothea Brande breaks down the creative process into two parts: We should, Brande rwiter.

The first clue is in the title. This is a book on overcoming the many psychological hurdles to developing a writing life. It is a heady time I am But good advice is good advice. Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account. Apr 06, Daniel rated it it was amazing Shelves: Want to Read Currently Reading Read. To buy the book: Quotes from Becoming a Writer.


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

I have just discovered that Amazon has removed that review! Nov 09, Stuart Aken rated it it was amazing.

One idea I loved was bfande talking about your writing until it is done. The bulk of the book is about not only understanding that dual nature, but also positioning yourself to use that duality most effectively. This book is differen This is a duplicate, slightly revised, of the Amazon review I wrote back in She also demonstrates that adding the right details makes the passage not only interesting but convincing. Paperbackpages.

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.

Anyone can write and genius can be taught and learned, and that it is precisely the belief to the contrary that stifles and kills one’s innate ability to weave magic through the written word. John Gardner Foreword by. You will agree with Brande when she says that your genius is infinite.

If you can teach yourself to use the typewriter in this period, so much the better. For the most part this merely enables procrastination followed by a combination of burnout, poor performance, and missed objectives.