It was originally published in and has been much imitated since. Sounds great, but is it worth reading? I found this book hard going and not easy to read. The old-fashioned sentence construction sent me to sleep and there are far too many words. Brande never uses five words when she could use 20 instead.
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Nov 09, Stuart Aken rated it it was amazing 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 never actually reviewed this seminal work, promised I would do so.
I re-read the book, and heres that review. As budding writers, were all faced with a bewildering panoply of books on the techniques of the craft. As beginners, this huge bulk of work on how to perform the miracle many of us see as On 13 September, I posted a piece on the difficulties that often beset writers on my blog. As beginners, this huge 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? 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. 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 own inner genius. A word of warning: if you wish to continue your life believing yourself a writer without putting that possibility to the test, do NOT read this book.
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 taken from the back of the copy I picked up, second hand, for less than the price of a coffee. This book is about freeing that unconscious ability in all of us. I recommend it unreservedly to all those who take seriously the complex, wonderful, frustrating, creative, stimulating and rewarding art and craft of writing.
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Review: Becoming a Writer – Dorothea Brande