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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Published January 15th by Graywolf Press first published Kaplan recalls her as a recognizable figure in Minneapolis, known for the long walks she took around Lake Harriet. The encouragement and insight poured out in this little book have not been Inspiration, but have shown me how to find my own Inspiration, and that is a gift that won’t change or fade.

I had to read the book Carl Sandburg said was the best book ever on writing.

If you liked “Walden,” you’ll almost definitely love this book. All I know is that no book has changed my life as dramatically as this one did when I wfite Her biases about various writers are equally unusual.

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

It made me understand that writing, or painting, acting or whatever else you want t I never had any aspirations of becoming a writer. It’s a brilliant book, and although some of the language is strange-sounding to our 21st century sentimentality, it gets to the essence of what every writer needs to hear: Sometimes, she has some good points that I even agree with as a writer–that writing the simply flows in an initial draft, uninhibited can be fantastic and the basis for something wonderful.

I read many books about creative people’s lives, hoping to glean some knowledge and inspiration. They would probably all become playwrights. Like that author, Ueland taps into who you really are and what you are trying to do and what is blocking you.


How does the creative impulse die in us? Recommended to Jodi by: Feb 15, Ada rated it it was amazing.

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

Everyone has their own unique writing voice. She said bbrenda had two rules she followed absolutely: Only after her death, and with a second life for her fi book in a time when the culture was primed for it—did her name rise to something like prominence. Another writer who has certainly inspired her readers to tell their own truths—and who knows from Blake and the divine and general feistiness—is the poet and memoirist Mary Karr, and she too has a new book on the shelves this fall, The Art of Memoir.

I do agree with Brenda Ueland’s theory that writing or any type of creative work must be true to yourself.

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Sep 12, Jenna rated it really liked it Shelves: She is best known for her book If You Want to Write: She compares creative writing to a river that “will begin to flow through you. Even reading filth is going to teach you something about not writing filth.

Women should pursue their creative impulses instead of being tethered to the idea of being the perfect wife and mother It made me understand that writing, or painting, acting or whatever else you want to do, does not have to be drudgery. But repeating what I said earlier yes, I see what I did therethe author could have stopped after the first couple of chapters.

Write what you see. They did ueand need to listen. Her book may not please our 21st century tendency to not offend anyone. May 22, Mel rated it it was ok. In On Writing, he tells it like it is: And this is so very true; you might just not know it yet.

I imagine her striding across a classroom, pausing to press her palms to a desktop, arms stiff uelans she hammers home some point. Ueland is so enthusiastic about feelings and 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.


This author wrote it in or so, and lived to be an wnat swimmer.

If you want to read a good book about writing, don’t read this one. She lived in and around New York City for much of her adult life before returning to Minnesota in Families are great murderers of the creative impulse, particularly husbands.

Time has done its thing, left me reeling. 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 brebda. I can understand thinking watn latter are less than grand, but not the former.

Return to Book Page. I never had any aspirations of becoming a writer.

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

Anyone I’ve met who read it said, oh yes, they too read it every few years. She doesn’t care about what you think and tells us, if w It doesn’t really matter when I finished or when I began reading this book.

Both writers are staunch populists regarding creative production; both invoke the divine; both urge a playful attitude toward creativity. It is the little bomb of revelation bursting inside of you Active evil is so much better than passive good, which is just docility, feebleness, timidity. Jan 04, Tiffany Reisz rated brebda it was amazing.