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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Ignore the critics and the mockers and the correctors and just work. I loved the books on writing that I read by both of the af Constantly, I fall into reading books about writing without having read any other book by the author John Gardner, Stephen King, and now Brenda Ueland, to name a few off the top of my head. She does not like Dickens.

She talks a lot about the general fraudulence and darkness in the world of art and art appreciation that reallly gets me down a lot and she’s very comforting and wise about the heartbreak of that stuff as well as figuring out how to get past it. Perhaps she was ahead of her time after all. While the author often mocks the great writers that she personally dislikes Steinbeck? dant

May 07, Adam rated it it was amazing. Women should shut the door on their kids and write. Another truth may take it’s place later.

In On Writing, he tells it like it is: Even reading filth is going wite teach you something about not writing filth.

Her integrity shines throughout If You Want to Write, her best-selling classic on the process of writing that has There are many people, you can see, who consider worry a kind of duty. The Decline of Discourse: It makes me want to retreat into a cozy little corner with some tea and Stephen King. 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: Ueland was born to Andreas and Clara Hampson Ueland; the third of seven children.

Win a Lit Hub tote bag! He looked out his window at a watery twilight, a thin lampost, a star, and he said in his letter something like this: She constantly focuses on the positive, and I’m sure she had to be wabt fantastic teacher.


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.

Sep 25, Jenny rated it it was amazing Shelves: I loved this book. 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. Gou Sandburg called this book “The best book ever written about how to write.

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

This one is the 1 BEST! Still it’s one of the better “how to write,” Otherwise your article or manuscript will be as dry as a newspaper article, and just as forgettable. This book teaches you to free uelanx inspiriation and creativity, and by it teaching you to write the truth you want to share, you realize the books you really like to read are not the artificial ones, but the ones that feel “real.

Why women who do too much housework should neglect it for their writing to set a good example for the children–menial work at the expense of all true, ardent, creative work is a sin against the holy ghost I’m usually a bit gunshy of “how to write” books, but I thought this one came pretty close to being as good as they get.

Article continues after advertisement. There are no discussion topics on this book yet. It is my truth She doesn’t care about what you think and tells us, if we wish to write well, not to worry about how it sounds. Brenda Ueland was a journalist, editor, freelance writer, and teacher of writing.

Oct 02, Lisa Miller rated it it was amazing Recommends it for: The poem that came: What matters, is that it is a journey into a woman’s heart and in that journey, it’s also, if you are listening carefully a In the last paragraphs Ueland expresses her conviction, that emotions unlike arguments and facts are always a great positive force. Her mother was a suffragette and served as the first president of the Minnesota League of Women Voters.


Everyone has their own unique writing voice. Ueland wants to account for her relationships, to describe her working life, her endless quest for discipline and for understanding the world. I find it sort of difficult to apply her advice to novels, to fiction but I still learnt a lot. She constantly quotes Keats, Blake, Dostoevsky, Chekov, etc. I want to understand more about everything you feel and know and all the changes inside and out of you.

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. Dec 11, Paula Cappa rated it it was amazing.

I would take a recommended reading list from an author over a critic any day. View all 4 comments. This book ranks right up their with Julia Cameron’s Artist’s Way.

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I have kept this book for years and recommended it to friends who didn’t seem to like it as much as I did. In some ways I think we are too positive and self-affirming in teaching others. Jun 24, Kimberly added it. The book is directed more toward fiction writers than those who specialize in nonfiction, but some of Ueland’s suggestions can be applied wsnt.

At the end of her book, she provides a summary list of her main points; they are simple yet fucking insightful list. What really irritated me was the contrast between her self-proclaimed modesty and frequent, mean attacks against everyone, who does not blindly flow with his or her emotions and contempt for everyone, who dares to think critically her advice for a man that brought up his kids in rational atmosphere – “I think uelane might as well have taken them out in the backyard and killed them with an ax”.

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