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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It will quiver and wince and run to cover, and you will have trouble in luring it out again to observe and weave tales and find words for all the thousand shades of feeling which go to make up a story. 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.

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. After reading it, you will know how to engage your creative side, how and when to call upon that internal editor. On 13 September, I posted a piece on the difficulties that often beset writers on my blog.

The first clue is in the title. Mind you, this book was first published in Not anything before breakfast. Ina new publisher, Bookouture, republished Of Marriageable Age. All she cares about is that, if you’re reading her book, you want to write, and she’s going to show you how to do it.

And she doesn’t mince words: More importantly, it far surpasses even the most famous and best-loved books on writing that have come since.

It has very good advice for beginners at writing, and for those of us who have been going at it alone for more than 10 years, it’s amazing to read, from an experienced woman, all the advice she gives to novices, and realising you’ve been doing exactly that on your own. With close reference to the great writers of her day–Wolfe, Forster, Wharton and so on–Brande gives practical but inspirational advice about finding the right time of day to write and being very self disciplined about it–“You have decided to write at four o’clock, and at four o’clock you must write.


This, if at all possible, is the book you should read before you even contemplate immersion in the techniques of the trade. A sound, practical, inspirational and charming approach to writing, it fulfills on finding “the writer’s magic. Mar 21, Andrew rated it it was amazing.

No eBook available Amazon. 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. Without exception, this is my very favorite book on writing. If you fail repeatedly at this exercise, give up writing.

I believe that to be an aim worthy of effort. OK, I did have to look up who Kathleen Norris was, but she’s the exception. Here, however, is a writer who exposes this lie and provides practical exercises aimed at discovering and freeing your own droothea genius. To reiterate, what you are actually doing is training yourself, in the twilight zone between sleep and the full waking state, simply to write.

Write any sort of early morning reverie, rapidly and uncritically.

Becoming a Writer

It makes no difference to the success of this practice if your wwriter are amorphous, the thought vague or extravagant, the ideas hazy. A reissue of a classic work published in on writing and the creative bcoming, Becoming a Writer recaptures the excitement of Dorothea Brande’s creative writing classroom of the s. But the part that really stood out for me was her discussion of genius.


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. Then I began to write my dorpthea novel.

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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.

As beginners, this huge bulk of work on how to perform the miracle brannde of us see as wri On 13 September, I posted a piece on the difficulties that often beset writers on my blog. In wfiter words, this is the book you need to read before you start writing.

Those three books were followed by ten years in which nothing was published, but I still write on, still following Brande’s “method”. It made me happy knowing I’ve been doing things ri Ok, can I say how much I liked this book?

This book, however, says that reading can be bad for the writing craft. I have a couple more unpublished novels, plus, of course, Sons of Gods, a new version of the Mahabharata. And I love becomin passage that ends the “Writing on Schedule” chapter: Write anything that comes dorkthea your head: I would not hesitate to take writing advice from Dorothea Brande, for the simple reason that her own writing is so elegant and clear.