Becoming A Writer Reread



Dorothea Brande (1934) ISBN 978-0-87477-164-0

Dorothea Brande’s Becoming a Writer is one of the earliest and one of the best books published on how to approach life as a writer. It is not so much a book on style or craft or writerly technique, but rather a book about finding your way around the problems of writing as a lifestyle. It is one of the few books that is regularly cited by published writers as something that all aspiring writers should go read.

In weekly instalments we will be rereading Becoming a Writer and summarising and discussing one chapter at a time. The first instalment will be along later this week in which we will reread In Introduction and Chapter One: The Four Difficulties.

About Christopher Johnstone

Christopher Johnstone lives in Melbourne
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  1. At one point you had one with advice on the best sorts of typewriters to get. Was that this book?

  2. Christopher Johnstone

    Yes. That’s it. Although the advice on typewriters is well towards the end, and I sort of find that it comes as a shock to be reminded you’re reading a book that is getting towards being a century old…

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