My plans to retrace Captain Cook's unfinished voyage have been postponed a year while I work on the next Marine Diesel Basics book and get my new boat SV Oceandrifter ready for sea.
This book is one of the classic must-read books for any aspiring writer and it is one I have enjoyed reading and rereading over many years. Dorothea Brande wrote her ground-breaking book in the 1930s. Style of writing have changed enormously since then. But what it takes to become a writer has not. From my own experience, I can attest that her advice is sound and inspiring.
This is not a book of how-to of the technical aspects of writing – plot, characterization etc – but rather an encouragement to all that comes before putting words on a paper are possible.
Trust yourself, respect yourself as a writer, Brande is saying. And she gives concrete steps on how to do this, such as always writing at the same time every day. All this is, in Brande’s words, “the writer’s magic”.
“There is a sort of writer’s magic. There is a procedure which many an author has come upon by happy accident or has worked out for himself which can, in part be taught.”
“Becoming a Writer” is a brilliant introduction to the arts that will give anyone all that’s necessary to establish for themselves, in their own lives and styles, the foundational tools, practices and attitudes to help them become a published writer. I can’t recommend this book highly enough. You still have to do the work. You still have to face a blank page, or screen, every day, but that task is made immeasureably easier and more sure of success if you have a real grasp of how to help yourself.
BECOMING A WRITER