If You Want to Write: A Book about Art, Independence and Spirit

If You Want to Write: A Book about Art, Independence and Spirit

by Ueland
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If You Want to Write: A Book about Art, Independence and Spirit by Ueland

In her 93 remarkable years, Brenda Ueland published six million words. She said she had two rules she followed absolutely: to tell the truth, and not to do anything she didn't want to do. Her integrity shines throughout If You Want to write, her best-selling classic that has already inspired thousands to find their own creative center.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781555972608
Publisher: Graywolf Press
Publication date: 03/28/1997
Edition description: Older Edition
Pages: 179
Product dimensions: 6.36(w) x 7.92(h) x 0.60(d)

About the Author

BRENDA UELAND (1891–1985) spent many years living in New York, where she was part of the Greenwich Village bohemian crowd. She received an international swimming record for over-eighty-year-olds and was knighted by the King of Norway.

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If You Want To Write 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 25 reviews.
Andy_Thornton More than 1 year ago
I love this book, it's very inspirational and has induced me to write again. Writing has become a joy and not a chore and I hate the times when I don't get to write. This book is a must read for anyone who feels they need to be more creative and self doubt holds you back.
Mrs_Gilpin More than 1 year ago
I checked out this book from my local library and bought my own version right after I returned it. It may have been published in the 30's but you would be silly to dismiss a good read just because it is old. Inspiration is never outdated.
MKM11 More than 1 year ago
The author, a lifelong writer, journalist, and writing teacher, has written a cheerleading book on how to find your authentic voice as a writer, and, by extension, how to live an authentic life in whatever you do. But I found her style annoying, repetitive, disjointed, and surprisingly unengaging. Occasional sparks of erudition emerge here and there. But one can get the essence of the book by reading its final few pages.
Alyssa2010 More than 1 year ago
I first read this enthralling book in a creative writing class at Texas A&M University. As it was a required text, I had little hope that it would be applicable to more than my personal writing skills. Therefore, I was pleasantly surprised by the author's unique musings on not only writing, but on life. Ueland does not bore the reader with stale writing exercises; instead she urges the reader to become 'idle' by taking the time to let thoughts flow freely and form completely. She explains that without this 'idle' thought process one's writing will be bland and meaningless. She insist that everyone has a story to tell, which she demonstrates through excerpts from her students' writings. She describes in detail what she believes to be the imagination, as well as what she believes stifles it. The entire book is a series of Ueland's creative perspectives, which I found captivating. I will reference this book in the future not only when writing, but also when searching for ways I can become more passionate about life.
Jess88sanmiguel More than 1 year ago
This book was one of the textbooks required for my ENGL 235 creative writing class. The more I read it the more I become inspired to be a better writer. To try harder in the way I live my life and to have an outlook on life that inspires people. Brenda Ueland manages to convey, in writing, all the necessary tools one most posses to become a well rounded and well respected writer. I would read this book even if I had no desire to be a writer because her writing is just pure inspiration for everyday life. It is a great book and I applaud my professor for recommending such a book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I learned a lot from this book. It's wonderful. Brenda's voice shines through the pages so vividly, I feel I heard her rather than read. Wish she was still alive, I'd love to contact her.
7678451 More than 1 year ago
Excellent book!! Very good advice! I've always wanted to write a book and this book has given me the confidence to do it!! And I'm loving the process and I'm learning so much!! Not only great writing advice but great advice for life regarding being yourself!!
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janett0 More than 1 year ago
Brenda Ueland’s book: If You Want to Write, supports reality writing. From pupils thoughts, adventures, failures, rages, villainies and nobilities; they’re encouraged to write what is seen, for their writing to come alive through description. Creativity is directed with the technique of first understanding what is learned instantly. Or by linking following contemplation to understand the first at that time. This allows working creative power to flow and reinforce without time consuming repetition. She gives different examples of this process, and when to notice different ideas. She advises writing (as in drafts) and then knowing what is needed to change, adapt, cut, and expand a story. She increases creativity and imagination without boundaries, in examples of herself and students. Her technique can help in the writing exchange with readers. From awareness in writing to publishing a book she explains how not to be daunted by the written expression of others.
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bluenotes More than 1 year ago
I'm glad to see this book still in print. Its one of my staples; a part of my writing roots. My creative writing professor made it required reading. This book is permanent in my library and filled with notes, underlines, highliter, and dog eared pages.
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PenandBrush More than 1 year ago
Barbara teaches by example that less is indeed more! An easy, quick and very engaging read that compels one to not get bogged down with verbosity. I dreaded writing before reading this book, yet was compelled to write because I had things to say. I now cannot wait to write! She's taught me how to "color" with few words, drawing the reader in with ease to "feel" my writing. I think good writing makes you forget you're reading. This book does just that, and it aims to compel you to accomplish the same in your writing! GREAT BOOK I first read years ago and look forward to picking up again after lending to a friend who asked to pass on to another.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The book that I have read is called a deadly game of magic. The book is a really got book for people of almost every age to read. It has a little magic in it and lots of cool settings.The main people in the book are Bo,Lisa,and the Magic Man.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I had read this book about a year ago and yet I refer back to it regularly. This book is full of inspiration. Ueland defines the reasoning behind letting go and writting what simply feels right. This book brought me to realize the importance of useing talents to show others and to think of others when useing my talents. After all the joy is in the journey an the results are secondary.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book grabs you by the shoulders and makes you sit upright and realize what is inside of you. It helps you realize what you can do for yourself by releasing your writing grimlins.
Nigel_Logan More than 1 year ago
First published in 1938, it may have spoke volumes. Today, it simply isn't relevant--pure babble. I'll never buy another e-book with out first sniffing the sample.