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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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.
It would have saved me a lot of trouble, both in reading those other books and writing my own. Published init is still in print. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. 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.
The Four Difficulties of Becoming a Writer by Dorothea Brande
The bulk of the book is about not only understanding that dual nature, but also positioning yourself to use that duality most effectively. View all 6 comments. As I haven’t tried her techniques yet, I can’t speak to how successful they will be for me, but they certainly appear sound: But a journalist’s career does teach two lessons which every writer needs to learn —that it is possible to write for long periods without fatigue, and that if one pushes on past the first weariness one finds a r I like especially her chapter 5, Harnessing the Unconscious: If you can teach yourself to use the typewriter in this period, so much the better.
Immediately after reading it I began the exercises.
Becoming a Writer
I would not hesitate to take writing advice from Dorothea Brande, for the simple reason that her own writing is so elegant and clear. All my life I thought I could do both- live a normal life and write.
Recommended by Bradbury in Zen in the Art of Writingthis has some interesting ideas on respecting and working with your creative unconscious.
Want to Read Currently Reading Read. She proposed a series of exercises to befoming one’s creative mechanisms in gear and make the act of writing so automatic that self-censorship loses its hold. This book is different. Brande describes convincingly the interplay between the unconscious and the conscious mind, for the latter does have a role to play in he process or writing.
Paperbackpages. Jul 03, Brent rated it really liked it Shelves: The shy, insecure artist who believes that somehow there is a magic to writing, a magic that other, successful writers have and which becominv somehow eluded him. 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.
The third difficulty is a sort of combination of the first two: But I wish I had bfcoming upon brands at the very start.
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Well established, experienced authors will also benefit from the words of wisdom contained within this relatively slim volume. She scorned the adage that where writing was concerned, “true genius can’t be taught”, elevating the hopes of her students and the hackles of the existing literary community, which figuratively shot interlopers on sight.
Mar 12, C. The best way to do this is to rise half an hour, or a full hour, earlier than you customarily rise.
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.
The Four Difficulties of Becoming a Writer by Dorothea Brande
It’s not about writing techniques, bdande or genres. Posted by Stuart Aken at A sound, practical, inspirational and charming approach to writing, it fulfills on finding “the writer’s magic. This book is differen This is a duplicate, slightly revised, of the Amazon review I wrote back in I’ve loved this book for the last 15 years.
I like especially her chapter 5, Harnessing the Unconscious: It made me happy knowing I’ve been doing things ri Ok, can Bande say how much I liked this book? 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.
View all 3 comments. You will agree with Brande when she says that your genius is infinite. She talks about getting your conscious and unconscious minds to work together, how to get your butt in the chair, how becomig make writing easy, and how to let your genius emerge.
Dkrothea book is pioneer work; in George Harrison had not yet gone to India to set off the boom in meditation, and we were not yet informed on the validity of “right-brained” thinking. Afterward you will find yourself disinclined to go with the laborious process of writing that story at full length; unconsciously you will consider it as already done, a twice-told tale. He is, in some ways, more fortunate than the beginner who cannot learn to write fluently, dorithea at least he has given evidence of his ability to set down words in impressive order.
Even with pages and pages devoted to the writer getting in touch with his unconscious mind, there’s nothing namby-pamby about “Becoming a Writer.
This is a book on overcoming the many psychological hurdles to developing a writing life. As beginners, this huge bulk of work on how to perform the miracle many of us see as writing, can seem very daunting.
This is a book that aspiring writers must read wrjter achieve the magic that gets those words on paper.
But a journalist’s career does teach two lessons which every writer needs to learn —that it is possible to write for long periods without fatigue, and that if one pushes on past the first weariness one finds a reservoir of unsuspected energy —one reaches the famous “second wind. If these are the difficulties, then we must try to cure them where they arise—in the life and attitudes and habits, in the very character itself. Worse, I’ve been led to believe that writers are born, not made, and that the great writers I’ve known were geniuses who had been gifted with this rare ability to write well with ease and spontaneity.