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Review: Becoming a Writer – Dorothea Brande

Becoming a Writer by Dorothea Brande is a classic in the field of self-help for writers. It was originally published in 1934 and has been much imitated since. It’s similar in intent to Writing Down the Bones and aims to get you writing by tapping into your inner genius. 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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2 thoughts on “Review: Becoming a Writer – Dorothea Brande

  1. A very good and balanced summing up of Brande’s manual. It can leave people feeling there’s no hope for them and that’s no help to anyone. Brande comes from a time when there was a lot of snobbery and exclusivity in the literary world, some still lingers, but perhaps it’s time for Aunt Dorothea’s bootcamp approach to be pensioned off.

    Thanks Jes.

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