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Becoming a Writer

Becoming a Writer

Refreshingly slim, beautifully written and deliciously elegant, Dorothea Brande's Becoming a Writer remains evergreen decades after it was first written. Brande believed passionately that although people have varying amounts of talent, anyone can write. It's just a question of finding the "writer's magic"--a degree of which is in us all. She also insists that writing can be both taught and learned. 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.

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." She's strong on confidence building and there's a lot about cheating your unconscious which will constantly try to stop you writing by coming up with excuses. Then there are exercises to help you get into the right frame of mind and to build up writing stamina. 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.

This is Dorothea Brande's legacy to all those who have ever wanted to express their ideas in written form. A sound, practical, inspirational and charming approach to writing, it fulfills on finding "the writer's magic."

Titulo:Becoming a Writer
Idioma de edición:English
ISBN:9780874771640
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Dorothea Brande (1893 1948) was a well-respected writer and editor in New York.


    Becoming a Writer Comentarios

  • Madeline Friedman

    Brande's book helped pioneer the contemporary monster genre of books on the writing life. Excellent book for all beginning writers and is just as useful for those who have been writing for a while. I ...

  • Daniel

    Holy crap, Dorothea Brande, why the hell is your book almost completely forgotten?I give "Becoming a Writer" five stars not because it's the most amazing book ever written -- it is, after all, an inst...

  • Joselito Honestly and Brilliantly

    I read this classic, first published in 1934, thinking it might be able to help me write well. Instead, it merely showed me why I am not a writer. Why I cannot be a writer. Why I've stopped writing re...

  • Jeanette (Again)

    Four stars for content, and the fifth star for renewal of hope....

  • Stuart Aken

    On 13 September, I posted a piece on the difficulties that often beset writers on my blog. In that post I mentioned Dorothea Brandes excellent book, Becoming a Writer, and, having discovered I had nev...

  • Jenny Baker

    I love it when my friends and coworkers suggest books to me, especially when it's a writing advice book. Thanks Steve for thinking of me and loaning me your book. I got a lot out of this and ended up ...

  • Kressel Housman

    Without exception, this is my very favorite book on writing. More than craft, its about psychology the psychology of the artistic mind. Dorothea Brande breaks down the creative process into two parts...

  • Brent

    Recommended by Bradbury in Zen in the Art of Writing, this has some interesting ideas on respecting and working with your creative unconscious....

  • Sharon

    This is a duplicate, slightly revised, of the Amazon review I wrote back in 2001. It's actually the top-rated review there. (Edited to add: I have just discovered that Amazon has removed that review! ...

  • Rose

    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 writin...

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