January 31, 2012
Review of “Becoming a Writer”
Becoming a Writer by Dorothea Brande is written from the perspective, and with the skill, of a fiction author. Brande uses fluid, creative, imaginative prose that takes the reader on a journey through her thoughts about how one becomes a writer.
I picked up the book because I was interested in learning about, and learning how to overcome, the difficulties a writer has with their personality and work structure (i.e. being a writer and writing regularly). Brande reveals a unique perspective on how to develop a daily writing routine, how to tap into the state of mind of a writer partaking in their craft, the different “parts” of a writer’s perspective, as well as others.
Becoming a Writer was first published in 1934, so while it is not a current book, the strategies and perspective are still viable today. All of the ideas Brande presents in the book are possible and helpful.
I enjoyed the book and I recommend it. It is short and easy to read, as well as enjoyable to read. I would read it again, but for now it will be on my bookshelf to use as a reference guide in my career.