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Becoming a Writer
Becoming a Writer
Author: Dorothea Brande
A reissue of a classic work originally published in 1934 on writing and the creative process, Becoming a Writer recaptures the excitement of Dorothea Brande's creative-writing classroom of the 1920s. Decades before brain research "discovered" the particular roles of the right and left sides of the brain in human endeavor, ...  more »
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ISBN-13: 9780874771640
ISBN-10: 0874771641
Publication Date: 3/1/1981
Pages: 192
  • Currently 3.5/5 Stars.

3.5 stars, based on 23 ratings
Publisher: Penguin Group (USA)
Book Type: Paperback
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Helpful Score: 3
I read some great reviews about how Becoming a Writer had really inspired and helped people who were wanting to be writers, so I thought as a freelance writer I should check it out. It may be useful for someone who has no support or encouragement in their writing career as she does spend a bit of time encouraging new writers. I didn't really need encouragement.

She also talks a lot about the lifestyle, etc of writers and how form and style are more important than punctuation and grammer, which can be true to a point (but who keeps paying a writer who can't spell or use proper punctuation?).

All in all, it may be worth reading for someone else. It was written in the 1930s, so maybe that's why some of her advice seems trite to a seasoned writer. Like I said, it may be helpful for new, just starting out writers.

I actually never finished this book, as I decided I really don't want to learn how to write from someone whose own book is painfully dull.
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Helpful Score: 2
An inspiring book for an amateur or professional writer who seeks to tune into the heart of the writing experience, more than focus on specific techniques and skills. Guaranteed to spark the creative fire. A classic.
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