Becoming a Writer
Dorothea Brande

November 5, 2015

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My job is writing for businesses. But I dabble in fiction, especially short stories, whenever I get the chance. I think the different disciplines can really nurture each other.

That’s one of the reasons I like Becoming a Writer. Published in 1934, it’s something of a classic for budding fiction-writers. There’s tons of practical stuff in there – how to take advice, how to cast a critical eye on your own work – and exercises too. But there’s no mollycoddling: for those who can’t keep up with the exercises, Dorothea says: ‘give up writing. Your resistance is actually greater

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