I first heard of Brenda Ueland and her book If You Want to Write: A Book About Art, Independence, and Spirit, many years ago, shortly after grad school. I filed the. Book Review: If You Want to Write by Brenda Ueland, a practical and inspirational book that can help a writer free their authentic voice. IF YOU. WANT TO WRITE. BY Brenda Ueland. SECOND EDITION Want to Write is still available from The Schubert Club, Landmark Cen ter, Saint Paul.
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Refresh and try again. Open Preview See a Problem? Thanks for telling us about the problem. Return to Book Page. If You Want to Write: In her 93 remarkable years, Brenda Ueland published six million words. She said she had two rules she followed absolutely: Her integrity shines throughout If You Want to Write, her best-selling classic on the process of writing that has already inspired thousands to find their own creative center.
Carl Sandbu In her 93 remarkable years, Brenda Ueland published six million words. Carl Sandburg called this book “The best book ever written about how to write.
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The blurb says that Carl Sandburg called this book, “The best book ever written about how to write.
How could he say anything about a book published in ? LaDawn Weston The book was first published in ! Brenda Ueland was born in so the book has been around for bdenda while.
Wantt 2 questions about If You Want to Write…. Lists with This Book. Jun 01, Leanne rated it did not like it Shelves: If you want to read a good book about writing, don’t read this one. Read Bird by Bird by Anne Lamott. Read On Writing by Stephen King.
Read anything else, really. The redeeming factors of this book were: It made me realize that Van Gogh was kind of a badass, and I’ll probably go out of my way to learn more about him. Onto the not-so redeeming factors! I have a huge, nagging suspicion that Uueland. Ueland is not a very good reader.
One i the things that makes me long t If you want to read a good book about writing, don’t read this one. One of the things that makes me long to write and write well is how much I enjoy reading. She does not like Bredna. She does not like F. She thinks that a lot of people “read to waste time” and “be entertained.
Just because you find reading “entertaining” or you read something that may not be heralded as literaturedoes not mean that you can’t get something worthwhile and meaningful from it. It makes me want to retreat into a cozy little corner with some tea and Stephen King.
In On Writing, he tells it like it is: And he doesn’t discriminate. I agree uelannd that sentiment. Even reading filth is going to teach you something about not writing filth.
Read to yu time and be entertained. Girl just pushed my buttons, to be honest. She’s a bit of a priggish snot about Fitzgerald, Dickens, and books that don’t meet her exact literary standards, and it irks me. This is my very personal opinion and I certainly respect others’ right to disagree with it, but — for me — I would have liked her to cut at least A THIRD of her references to God and Christianity. I think eant is a very personal thing, and — if you’re trying to reach as many people as possible — I think it’s always safe to keep it vague or to a minimum.
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I’m not sure whether to say this or not. Or how to say it, really. She encourages people to write– even if it seems simple or conversational. I don’t think there’s anything particularly masterful about her style. She doesn’t write lyrically she admits thatbut she doesn’t write bluntly and truthfully either. Her writing style isn’t concise. It’s not my thing.
If You Want to Write: A Book about Art, Independence and Spirit by Brenda Ueland
View all 11 comments. If you want to Write, or do ANYthing you are passionate about I even had to blog it www. My favorite word in the book: Another truth may take it’s place later. What comes truly from me is true, whether anybody believes it or not.
It is my truth But self-confidence never rests, but is always working and striving, and it is always modest and grateful and open to what is new and better. If you want them to be scholars, study hard yourself. If you want them to be honest, be honest yourself. They come in a slow way. It is the little bomb of revelation bursting inside of you It is what is always searching in us and trying to free what we really think, from what we think we ought to think William Blake called this creative power the Imagination, and he said it was God.
And so do I. Because it is life itself. It is the Spirit. Not to preach to them, but to give it to them if they cared to hear it. If they did not–fine. They did not need to listen. That was all right too. There are many people, you can see, who consider worry a kind of duty. Back of this I think it is the subconscious feeling that Fate or God is mean or resentful or tetchy and that if we do not worry enough we will certainly catch it from Him.
But they should remember that Christ said that we should cast off anxiety so that we could “seek first the Kingdom of Heaven and His righteousness” i.
Sep 12, Jenna rated it really liked it Shelves: I first read this book when I was 13, so I can’t vouch for how useful it might be to an adult reader. All I know is that no book has changed my life as dramatically as this one did when I was I’m only slightly exaggerating when I say that this book has the power to cure minor mental disorders and to help you find direction in your life.
Reading this book was like one long epiphany for me. It is an energizing read, written in simple, clear, vivacious prose by a woman without a shred of pompos I first read this book when I was 13, so I can’t vouch for how useful it might be to an adult reader.
It is an energizing read, written in simple, clear, vivacious prose by a woman without a shred of pomposity but with fierce, passionate beliefs about art and individualism, a la William Blake. Looking at this book from a more detached perspective, I think Ueland could justly be viewed as a proponent of American Romanticism, a scion of the nature-based as opposed to nurture-based, or formal-education-based philosophical tradition that gave us greats like Whitman and Thoreau and e.
If you liked “Walden,” you’ll almost definitely love this book. It’s quite a bit like “Walden” in spirit, actually, except that its scope is somewhat narrower and it’s less self-righteous and significantly easier to read.
Jan 04, Tiffany Reisz rated it it was amazing. For a book published inthis book was shockingly progressive.
If You Want to Write: A Book about Art, Independence and Spirit
Everyone has their own unique writing voice. Everyone has their own truth to tell. Women should shut the door on their kids and write. Women should pursue their creative impulses instead of being tethered to the idea of being the perfect wife and mother Some dated content as you can imagine from a book from but if you separate the wheat from the brena, you get a lot of delicious wheat here.
I’ll be using For a book published inthis book was shockingly progressive. I’ll be using a lot of her writing instruction ideas in my own writing classes.