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Becoming a Writer

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 dorthea a long session.

The best way to do writre is to rise half an hour, or a full hour, earlier than you customarily rise. I would not hesitate to take writing advice from Dorothea Brande, for the simple reason that her own writing is so elegant and clear.

The excellence or ultimate worth of what you write is of no importance yet. Mar 02, Kathleen Flynn rated it it was amazing Shelves: Without Brande I doubt I would ever have started. You will find nothing about plot, dialogue, structure, beginnings, endings here.

Bursts of work are not what you are out to establish as your habit, but a good, steady, satisfying flow, rising occasionally to an extraordinary level of performance, but seldom falling below what you have discovered is your own normal output.

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.

May 27, James rated it it was amazing. Feb 08, Jeanette “Astute Crabbist” rated it it was amazing Shelves: The unconscious, says Brande, is shy, elusive, and unwieldy, “but it is possible to learn to tap it at will, and becomin to direct it.


Becoming a Writer Dorothea Brande J. Well established, experienced authors will also benefit from the words of wisdom contained within this relatively slim volume.

But Brande actually points out the advantages of the flip side: Want to Read Currently Reading Read. You may, if you can, write in a notebook, sitting up in bed. I couldn’t bring myself to finish Natalie Goldberg’s “Writing Down the Bones” fromand found Anne Lamott’s “Bird by Bird” from flawed but better; Brande’s manual, however, easily blows them both away.

Want to Read saving…. What courage they installed in me, brqnde I first read them! And although Dorlthea still have much more to cover, I have never been more motivated about my desire to write.

Becoming a Writer by Dorothea Brande | : Books

wrlter Brande believed passionately that although people have varying amounts of talent, anyone can write. This, if at all possible, is the book you should read before you even contemplate immersion in the techniques of the trade. As beginners, this huge bulk of work on how to perform the miracle many of us see as wri On 13 September, I posted a piece on the difficulties that often beset writers on my blog.

Initially, some of these bscoming seem arbitrary, meaningless, pedantic, even a little odd.

You must know how to get yourself in the mood for writing, and you must take all you need for the duration- including the all important thermos of coffee. Books by Dorothea Brande. Becoming a Writer is unlike any other writing book on the market today. But the part that really stood out for me was her discussion of genius.

In fact, I feel as if I should read this book on a regular basis. I recognized a lot of myself in this early section, so it kept me reading. So she is enraged by the pessimistic authors of so many writing books who rejoice in trying to put off the aspiring writer by constantly stressing how difficult it all is. I have a couple more unpublished novels, plus, of course, Sons of Gods, a new version of the Mahabharata.


But I will quote a short statement taken from the back of the copy I picked up, second hand, for less than the price of a coffee. Thanks for telling us about the problem. Your resistance is actually greater than your desire to write, and you may as well find some other outlet for your energy as early as late. 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 still, how to call forth the inner writer.

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Anyone can write and genius can be taught and learned, and that it is precisely the belief to the contrary that stifles and kills wgiter innate ability to weave magic through the written word. Now all you need to concern yourself with is the mere performance of the exercise.

When artists get themselves in balance, both their writing and thei Without exception, this is my very favorite book on writing. I read this classic, first published inthinking it might be able to help me write well. My everyday concerns and pleasures are like antagonistic cheerleaders distracting my writing mind. Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. How many dozens of writing books have I read, and I should have read this one first.