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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Stuart Aken: Becoming A Writer, by Dorothea Brande, Reviewed

On 13 September, I posted a piece on the difficulties that often beset writers. As beginners, this doeothea bulk of work on how to perform the miracle many of us see as writing, can seem very daunting. 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?

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Well established, experienced authors will also benefit from the words of wisdom contained within this relatively slim volume.

The first clue is in the title. This, if at all possible, is the book you should read before you even contemplate immersion in the techniques of the trade. If that moment has already passed, worry not.

Becoming a Writer

But I wish I had come upon it at the very start. Here, however, is a writer who exposes this lie and provides practical exercises aimed at discovering and freeing your ebcoming inner genius.

A word of warning: In order to gain anything from reading it, the reader is required to undertake certain exercises. Initially, some of these may seem arbitrary, meaningless, pedantic, even a little odd.

But, and I speak from experience, perseverance will pay out in spades.

I believe that to be an aim worthy of effort. But I will quote a short statement brqnde from the back of the copy I picked up, second hand, for less than the price of a coffee.


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This book is about freeing that unconscious ability in all of us. Both John Brainewho wrote the foreword of the edition I have, and Ted Willis have words of praise for the book.

I recommend it unreservedly to all those who take seriously the complex, wonderful, frustrating, creative, stimulating brahde rewarding art and craft of writing. To buy the book: Related articles I Can’t Get Started. Writer’s Block; What’s That? Posted by Dorotthea Aken at Newer Post Older Post Home.