This guide to becoming a writer was originally published in 1934. It focuses not just on plotting techniques or prose style, but on the process of developing the habits and discipline of a writer, with beating writer's block, reading to improve one's writing, and other psychological techniques.This guide to becoming a writer was originally published in 1934. It focuses not just on plotting techniques or prose style, but on the process of developing the habits and discipline of a writer, with beating writer's block, reading to improve one's writing, and other psychological techniques.Read Less
0874771641. Brand New; Marfree, acidfree fresh prtg Fine gift qual; not marked-in, clearance or discard. Mails from NYC usually within 12 hours.; 8.0 x 5.0 x 0.5 inches; 186 pages; Online Rev. : Even in 1934, Dorothea Brande knew that most writers didn't need another book on "technique"--& this, before so many more would be published. No, she realized, as John Gardner notes in his foreword, "the root problems of the writer are personality problems, " & thus her wise book is designed to simply help you get over yourself & start writing, with techniques ranging from a simple declaration to write every day at a fixed time--no matter what--to exercises that come close to inventing the TM & self-actualization movements that would follow a few decades later. Best book yet for inspiring the writer, Aug 16, 2000 Reviewer: Susie Rigsby (Mt. Vernon, IN USA)-#I have purchased several books on writing fiction & non-fiction. And I would have to say, most of the books that I have purchased I did find useful in assisting me w/ what I wanted to know. But after reading "Becoming a Writer", I felt the warmest type of inspiration. Brande came from the 30s era when she didn't have to contend w/ the computer, editors that only read two or three pages of a book before they throw it in the trash pile, or the pressures of a fast moving market. Yet, she knew full well what every writer experiences & needs to be told. And she told it, quite well, in this book. I loved it. I keep it next to my computer for reference. I recommend this wonderful book to anyone that has intentions of writing, no matter what area they are trying to enter. It is just great. #The key to the writer's magic., Dec 21, 2001#Reviewer: mermaid (United Kingdon)-#Becoming a Writer is unlike any other writing book on the market today. As Brande says in the intro, even back in 1934, there were several books on writing, & most of them are about the riles of storytelling, organisational problems, etc. This book is different. You?ll...
Great book with lots of helpful ideas and insights
Oct 30, 2008
Lit a fire under me
A wonderful, heartening, encouraging book about the importance and value of trusting one's own capacity to write. I guess i've read a hundred books about writing and this is one of the three that actually sent me back to paper with a pen in my hand. loved it!
Jul 23, 2007
most excellent practical book that ever was
very reassuring to the doubtful writer, about writing the pitfulls the creativity involoved, the doubts , the fears, the conscious and unconscios working together and against each other, practical excercises and the most helpful exercise being to write everyday, without hope or fear but just to get in the swing of things, ironically published prior to the 1950s but still extremely relevant , the book has not dated but remains useful today as then!
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