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 Know that you have talent, are original and have something important to say 2. And Van Gogh’s little drawing on the cheap note paper was a work of art because he loved the sky and the frail lamppost against it so seriously that he made the drawing with the most exquisite conscientiousness and care.

And the first three quarters or so And so on and so on. I see a cigarette waggling. I first read this book when I was 13, so I can’t vouch for how useful it might be to an adult reader.

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

It is a feeling of love and enthusiasm for something, and in a direct, simple, passionate and true way, you try to show this beauty in things to others, by drawing it. Friendly and direct and a bit quaint. Both writers are staunch populists regarding creative production; both invoke the divine; both urge a playful attitude toward creativity. If you want them to be scholars, study hard yourself. And so do I.

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.


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. While some specifically address writing, more often they speak to artistic endeavor in the broadest sense. But I will tell you more about that later. If you want them to be honest, be honest yourself.

In the last paragraphs Ueland expresses her conviction, that emotions unlike arguments and facts are always a great positive force.

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

This book has taught me to fully rely on my instincts when writing, or doing anything else for that matter. Bremda recalls her as a recognizable figure in Minneapolis, known for the long walks she took around Lake Harriet.

So often it seems like people are waiting for the fabled Lightning Bolt of Inspiration, when, Brenda says, all they really need is to invite the inspiration by positioning yourself intentionally and it will come. Wdite quote from the Preface to Second Edition: I loved the books on writing that I read by writ of the aforementioned authors as well, On Becoming a Novelist and On Writingand while I definitely would recommend both books, If You Want to Write presents itself as just as inspiring and helpful, if not more so.

If they did not–fine. What she encourages the individual to do is to write dant the heart, what they see, what they feel, and to ignore the outside pressures to conform to the standard of the day.

I never had any aspirations of becoming a writer. Her biases about various writers are equally unusual. One of the things that makes me long t If you want to read a good book about writing, don’t read this one. I’m only slightly exaggerating wznt I say that this book has the power to cure minor mental disorders and to help you find direction in your life.


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. Colds will disappear and all the other ailments of discouragement and boredom. 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.

Here are a few great quotes. For in any good writing, there must be the heart. With every sentence you write, you have learned something. Write what is true. I especially like Ueland’s insights for the fiction writer who is struggling.

This is my very personal opinion and I certainly respect others’ right to disagree with it, but — brenva me — I would have liked her to cut at least A THIRD of her references to God and Christianity. Where some books on writing talk about writing and it’s all very delightful but there isn’t a whole lot you can do besides get caught up in the excitement and then sit down only to find it didn’t uekand affect your writing “ability,” If You Want to Write is more practical.

First of all – English is my second language, I am deeply sorry for my mistakes. This book is inspiration, and like motivation “People often say that motivation doesn’t last.

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