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Becoming a Writer Paperback – March 1, 1981
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Brande is trying to reach the writer who is not yet sure he/she is a writer. The shy, insecure artist who believes that somehow there is a magic to writing, a magic that other, successful writers have and which has somehow eluded him. And who desperately longs to find a key to that magic.
This book provides that key.
Brande goes on to talk about the artistic temperament, and th eneed to cultivate spontaneity, and innocence of eye, as well as the ability to respond freshly and quickly to new scenes, and to old scenes as though they were new, and to see "traits and characteristics as though each were new-minted from the hand of God".
Stories, Brande says, are formed in the unconscious mind, which must flow freely and richly, bringing at demand all the" treasures of memory, all the emotions, scenes, incidents, intimations of character and relationship" which is stored away beyond our awareness.
This book is about tapping that rich store in the unconscious mind.
These days there are all kinds of workshops and books about creativity, tapping the unconscious, using meditation to reach the inner artist, and so on.Read more ›
The language Miss Brande uses is reflective of her time - she uses phrases I would never think to use... and I delighted in each turn of the letter, each loving bit of guidance and suggestion.
"Becoming a Writer" reminded me of "So You Want to Write" by Brenda Ueland, though this book feels more structured to me and less conversational. Her ideas are echoed in the modern works of writers such as Julia Cameron.
She offers many exercises and manners of stretching yourself as a writer, offered to make your uniqueness more pronounced and aid in your quest to do exactly what the title says, become a writer.
Her concluding chapter: "In conclusion: Some Prosaic Pointers" is flawless and timeless, even as it speaks of the necessity for two typewriters (substitute computers).
I am so glad I finally read this book, one I had heard referred to for such a long time. It is truly a classic to be loved, to be returned to, and to be treasured for all times.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
great read for any one thinking of becoming a write...Published 5 months ago by Laura A Daniels CPA
This book is timeless in its advice to aspiring writers. Brande explains that a writer should write every day. She gives the reader ideas to overcome writers block. Read morePublished 6 months ago by 'Book Works' Review
Filled with useful information. OK information and decent source of research material. Book was in great condition and received it quickly in the mail.Published 7 months ago by Michael Blackwood
I knew what worked for me as a writer, but now I know why and how to access the aspects of the mind I need more efficiently. Read morePublished 7 months ago by Lorel Colgin
“Becoming a Writer” is one of the best works, perhaps the best, that I've read (and actually used!) to help lift me from the chasms of despair, self-inflicted criticism and the... Read morePublished 8 months ago by ricecris