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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Dorothea Dprothea — was a well-respected writer and editor in New York. We should, Brande says. As a side note, you have to give Brande credit in her passing mentions of then-contemporary authors.
Becoming a Writer
It may be that the root of the trouble is youth and humility. The unconscious, says Brande, is shy, writeer, and unwieldy, “but it is possible to learn to tap it at will, and even to direct it.
Well established, experienced authors will also benefit from the words of wisdom contained within this relatively slim volume. Brande is convinced that only after you get those two halves working together will you produce your best work. 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.
I know I say this every time, but this is one of the best books I’ve read about writing. Newer Post Older Post Home. I follow Wrirer precepts.
Jul 23, Anton rated it it was amazing Shelves: 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.
The shy, insecure qriter who believes that somehow there is a magic to writing, a magic that other, successful writers have and which has somehow eluded him.
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Refreshingly slim, beautifully written and deliciously elegant, Dorothea Brande’s Becoming a Writer remains evergreen decades after it was first written. His trouble is not there, and, except by happy accident, no amount writwr counsel bramde advice about technique will break his deadlock. Well established, experienced authors will also benefit from the words of wisdom contained within this relatively slim volume.
Every single day I’ve never missed reading something. So except for this, an attempt to explain, I have ceased to write.
Mar 02, Kathleen Flynn rated it it was amazing Shelves: She also shows how to harness the unconscious, how to fall into the “artistic coma,” then how to re-emerge and be your own critic. First there is the difficulty of writing at all. There are a dozen reasons for the difficulty which should be canvassed before the teacher is entitled to say that he can see no signs of hope for this pupil. By the way, if you read the reprint of Brande’s book with a foreword by John Gardner, it’s completely eorothea.
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 Dprothea version of the practical lessons she presented to one roomful of disillusioned students after another during the s. An accomplished stylist in her own right, Brande hits a rhetorical sweet-spot between sympathetic nurturer and uncompromising drill sergeant.
It may be, again that some notion of waiting for the lightning of inspiration to strike is behind the matter. It’s a good guide for getting one’s mindset in place, though I’ve found I don 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.
Last of all you must have faith, or the curiosity, to take one odd piece of advice which will be unlike any of the exhortations that have come your way in classrooms or in textbooks.
But it is possible to make either typing or writing by hand second nature, so that muscular strain will not slow you down or keep you from writing. 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.
Toward Effortless Writing Writing calls on unused muscles and involves solitude and immobility. To buy the book: Granted, those writers all were quite famous in their day, but so were many others who are no longer read.
Nov 09, Stuart Aken rated it it was amazing. Second, and far more often than the layman would believe, there is the writer who has had an early success but is unable to repeat it.
When artists get themselves in balance, both their writing and thei Without exception, this is my very favorite book on wrkter. I have a couple more unpublished novels, plus, of course, Sons of Gods, a new version of the Mahabharata. I am consulted about them far oftener than I am asked for help in story structure or character delineation.
Every writer, and really every artist, should read this and take notes.
Stuart Aken: Becoming A Writer, by Dorothea Brande, Reviewed
Brande writes about how to confront your fears and doubts, how to get your mind in a place to be productive, and how to balance your inner editor against your inner creative. 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?
When I am unconscious I am out. Your email address will not be published.
The purpose of this injunction will become clear later. This was before the spread of Transcendental Meditation or other movements. 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.
A word of warning: We think of the s as being a long time ago as they are but in some respects people then had things writdr figured out.
The Four Difficulties of Becoming a Writer by Dorothea Brande
Immediately after reading it I began the exercises. Stories, Brande says, are formed in the unconscious mind, which must flow freely and richly, bringing at demand all the” writet of memory, all the emotions, scenes, incidents, intimations of character and relationship” which is stored away beyond our awareness.
This book is about freeing that unconscious ability in all of us. Brande states from the outset wrietr she will not deal with issues of technique. Becoming a Writer is unlike any other writing book on the market today. Sometimes it is self-consciousness that stems the flow.