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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Toward Effortless Writing Writing calls on unused muscles and involves solitude and immobility. I know I say this every time, but this is one of the best books I’ve read about writing. 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.

Forget that you have any critical faculty at all; realize that no one need ever see what you are writing unless you choose to show it. 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. Gardner may have had noteworthy things to say about the art of writing elsewhere, but here he doesn’t add much, I’m sorry to say. Aug 24, Dana.

My everyday concerns and pleasures are like antagonistic cheerleaders distracting my writing mind. This book is about freeing that unconscious ability in all of us.

The metaphor she told was of a writer who spent his gestation times lying on his back on the grounds of his house looking up at the clouds.

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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: If you tell yourself it will be easier when you quit your day job and start bootstrapping full time you could not be more wrong: I grab anything I can read usually the book I’ve been reading the night before upon waking up; I read before, during and after breakfast, inside the toilet, inside the car on my way to work during heavy traffic.

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.


By the sixth grade only one or two in a class of thirty will even raise their hand. This worked well for him until members of his family, seeing him alone, took the opportunity to come over to talk to him.

Long before Julia Cameron gave budding artists a creative kickstart with “The Artist’s Way”, Dorothea Brande was coaxing aspiring writeer 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.

Your resistance dorothda actually greater than your desire to write, and you may as well find some other outlet for your energy as early as late. She talks about getting your conscious and unconscious minds bj work together, how to get your butt in the chair, how to make writing easy, and how to let your genius emerge. Here, however, is a writer who exposes this lie and provides practical exercises aimed at discovering and freeing your own inner genius.

So she is enraged by the pessimistic authors of so many writing books who rejoice in trying to put off dorothda aspiring writer by constantly stressing how difficult it all is. Brande writdr from the outset that she will not deal with issues of technique. The rest of the book tells us how, exactly, to tap the wealth of the unconscious mind. 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.

As a matter of fact, you will find becomung 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. Keep Your Eyes and Ears Open The genius wrjter all his days the vividness and intensity of interest that a sensitive child feels in his expanding world. 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.


Not just green or red, here, but sage or olive green, scarlet or maroon.

I have place set aside for writing, there are no books there and no windows. 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. It would have saved me a lot of trouble, both in reading those other books and writing my own. Read this, heed what it says and write.

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. But I have brandde written anything in the wee hours of the morning.

Jan 29, Eric rated it it was amazing. 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.

Becoming a Writer

Dorothea Brande — was a well-respected writer and editor in New York. 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? Without exception, this is my yb favorite book on writing. The shy, insecure artist who believes that somehow there is a magic to writing, a magic that other, successful writers have and which has somehow eluded him.

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. And I love the passage that ends the “Writing on Schedule” chapter: Brande must be the innovator of the concept. Lists with This Book.

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