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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Ueland is so enthusiastic about feelings brdnda originality in writing that she ignores, or denies, the part of writing that is based on imitation, that derives its strength from literary tradition—the part of writing that involves copying models from the past or imitating what you admire. What a waste of time and money. Tell me all you can. What comes truly from me is true, whether anybody yoh it or not.

Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. But her prose comes from the gut, and the grip her writing holds on many readers has everything to do with her down-to-earth voice, its very cadence and vernacular suggesting you, too, can tell your story, in your words. She has no use for people who write to be popular, or to please the critics, or to sell a million books.

Good writing is engaging and holds a mirror up to mankind saying “well, just look at yourselves already!

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

She attended Wells and Barnard colleges and received brendda baccalaureate from Barnard in Living in this manner—continually and stubbornly bringing forth the jewels that are hidden within you— is a fine art, in and of itself. View all 11 comments.

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I cannot think of one critic I’m going to go against the crowd here. Another thing that is great about wqnt book is that Ueland never tells the reader he has to do anything. I’ve been a fiction writer for years with two books and short stories published–and I have twelve writing books on my shelf.

Dec 13, Mia Parviainen rated it liked it. There are no discussion topics on this book yet. Ueland has showed me, that only if you let your creativity flow freely, without being imprisoned by any rules and restrictions, can you break free and create something true, something interesting. Even your health will improve. Dec 11, Paula Cappa rated it it was amazing.

Anyone I’ve met who read it said, oh yes, they too read it every few years. I think one of the things you have to be prepared to do with this book, especially if you are already a writer or a journalist for many years as I was when I first picked it up, is to wrute your armour down.

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It is easy and interesting. Both writers are staunch populists regarding creative production; both invoke the divine; both urge a playful attitude toward creativity. Positive encouragement and finding your own structure are things that are sorely lacking in our literary and educational circles today.

Carl Sandburg called this book “The best book ever written about how to write. The room broke erite in tears and a roaring ovation.

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Brenda Ueland was a journalist, editor, freelance writer, and teacher of writing. And do not try to be consistent, yoh what is true to you today may not be writs at all tomorrow, because you see a better truth. Her integrity shines throughout If You Want to Write, her best-selling classic on the process of writing that has A quote from the Preface to Second Edition: Ignore the critics and the mockers and the correctors and just work.


Brenda sits down with you and says yes, you can write wonderful things and true things, unique things because you are unique and your inner self knows what if true if you let it speak. Ueland’s book is one of those gems I treasure, to read over and over, because just reading a page or two will open the desire to work, give me the confidence to A simple little book, formatted for the Kindle and republished, put up for free one time, and I downloaded it since I compulsively collect books about writing.

If You Want To Write, Here’s the Book For You

Everyone can and should write or create. In fact, it seemed brenxa not to interpret Big Magic as something of a 21 st- century remake of If You Want to Writeor to imagine Elizabeth Gilbert and Brenda Ueland kindred spirits. That was all right too. To end with another quote from Ueland, the last three paragraphs of the book which explain that she feels she is far reaching as well: