Becoming a Writer has ratings and reviews. Daniel said: Holy crap, Dorothea Brande, why the hell is your book almost completely forgotten?I g. Becoming a writer by Dorothea Brande, , Harcourt, Brace and company edition, in English. Brande must be the innovator of the concept. After free writing she suggests getting up an hour earlier than usual and writing as much as possible. Next step is to.

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Jul 23, Anton rated it it was amazing Shelves: Act as if it were impossible to fail. OK, I did have to look up who Kathleen Norris was, but she’s the exception. Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account.

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As a side note, you have to give Brande credit in her passing mentions of then-contemporary authors. Holy crap, Dorothea Brande, why the hell is your book almost completely forgotten?

But good advice is good advice. On 13 September, Ffee posted a piece on the difficulties that often beset writers on my blog.

What other items do customers buy after viewing this item? What more can I say, except that Brande’s advice works.

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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. The book, although it did not arrive in the requested format of hard cover, is very useful to any writer that needs support and cannot have a live coach or attend a class.

Born in Chicago, Dorothea Brande — was a widely respected journalist, fiction writer, and writing instructor.

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.


Sure, with this book I should’ve gotten to where I am sooner, but thinking back on my journey, I kinda like exploring it on my own terms. AmazonGlobal Ship Orders Internationally. Moreover, there is the distraction set up by the little clatter of keys, and there is the strain of seeing the shafts continually dancing against the platen. Not Enabled Enhanced Typesetting: She provides exercises and practical examples of what can be done to get the those buried stories richly flowing.

Jul 26, Cathy Carpenter rated it it was amazing Shelves: Then you can start reading Kindle books on your smartphone, tablet, or computer – no Kindle device required. So she is enraged by the pessimistic authors of so many writing books who rejoice in trying to put off the aspiring writer by constantly stressing how difficult it all is.

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. 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.

Product details File Size: She somehow was able to name-drop writers who, almost without exception, continue to be read today: Share your thoughts with other customers. Lists with This Book. Amazon Music Stream millions of songs. In fact, any writer who has dabbled a little bit in the so-called “spiritual arts” would be capable of putting together a how-to treatise on writing, painting, dancing, or any other form of creativity, a how-to-do book on writing just by filling it with Buddhist sound-bites.

Brnade reissue of a classic work published in eriter writing and the creative process, Becoming a Writer recaptures the excitement of Dorothea Brande’s creative writing classroom of the s.

For becominb he knows it or not, he is in search of the very thing that is denied him in that dismissive sentence.


Wake Up and Live! I think any writer would benefit by spending a few dollars and reading this book. May 27, James rated it it was amazing.

Brandes’s advice was intended for fiction writers, but there is no reason to suspect it doesn’t apply to any writer. This book is differen This is a duplicate, slightly revised, of the Amazon review I wrote back in Number of pages Please try again later. 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?

What a gem this 75 year old volume is. Well established, experienced authors will also benefit from the words of wisdom contained within this relatively slim volume. Dorothea Brande breaks down the creative process into two parts: Brande also doesn’t write at length on the topic.

How many times have I heard th I read this classic, first published inthinking it might be able to help me write well. This is a duplicate, slightly revised, of the Amazon review I wrote back in Check nearby libraries with: Customers who bought this item also bought. 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.

Besides, reading is much easier than writing. Brande’s first exercise describes what Peter Elbow 50 years later came to call “free-writing” exercise. The importance of novels and short stories in our society is great.