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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Becoming a Writer

The excellence or ultimate worth of what you write is of no importance yet. But any publisher who wanted to modernize this book — and I’m certainly not suggesting such be done — could easily replace the word typewriter with computer and the words portable typewriter with laptopand the meaning would be unchanged. She proposed a series of exercises to get one’s creative mechanisms in gear and make the act of writing so automatic that self-censorship loses its hold. Jul 23, Anton rated it it was amazing Shelves: As beginners, this huge bulk of work on how to perform the miracle many of us see as writing, brands seem very daunting.

She plants that seed of knowledge in your soul which will tell you “This is it”, and will catapult you – as if by magic! Trivia About Becoming a Writer. 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. I couldn’t bring myself to finish N Holy crap, Dorothea Brande, why the hell is your book almost completely forgotten?


This book is about freeing that unconscious ability in all of us. To ask other readers questions about Becoming a Writerplease sign up. Leave A Comment Cancel reply Comment.

Now all you need to concern yourself with is the mere performance of the exercise. Here, however, is a writer who exposes this lie and provides practical exercises aimed at discovering and freeing your own inner genius.

This book is differen This is a duplicate, slightly revised, of the Amazon review I wrote back in Read, highlight, and take notes, across web, tablet, and phone. How many dozens of writing books have I read, and I should have read this one first. She talks about getting your conscious and unconscious minds to work together, how to get your butt in the chair, how to make writing easy, and how to let your genius emerge. Feb 15, Amalia Danciu rated it it was brwnde. By the sixth grade only one or two in a class of thirty will even raise their hand.

The best way to do this is to rise half an hour, or a full hour, earlier than you customarily rise.

So except for this, an attempt to explain, I have ceased to write. And I love the passage that ends the “Writing on Schedule” chapter: For Dorothea Brande says that it is, at this time, in the twilight zone between sleep and full waking state, “when the unconscious is in the ascendant” that one can reap the full benefit of the “richness of the unconscious.

Related articles I Can’t Get Started. It’s only now that I realise I can’t. If that moment has already passed, worry not. You will agree with Brande when she says that your genius is infinite.

On 13 September, I posted a piece on the difficulties that often beset writers on my blog. These days there are all kinds of workshops and books about creativity, tapping the unconscious, using meditation to reach the inner artist, and so on.


Brnade three books were followed by ten years in which nothing was published, but I still write on, still following Brande’s “method”. Not true, Brande says. Brande’s genius is that she doesn’t really care whether you’re talented or publishable, what kind of material you want to write, or whether writing is, in and of itself, an important activity.

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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, let alone money? There is not much to be said for the recommendation, so often heard, to serve an apprenticeship to journalism if you intend to write fiction. On 13 September, I posted a piece on the difficulties that often beset writers.

Becoming a Writer 1 8 Jun 24, From inside the book. Recommended by Bradbury in Zen in the Art of Writingthis has some interesting ideas on respecting and working with your creative unconscious.

She also insists that writing can be both taught and learned. Nov 09, Stuart Aken rated it it was amazing. Without exception, this is my very favorite book on writing. This is a wonderfully lucid book.