BRENDA UELAND was born in Minneapolis in As she wrote bert Club of Saint Paul, who republished If You Want to Write in a hard cover edition in. Ships from and sold by medical-site.info If You Want to Write: A Book about Art, Independence and Spirit Paperback – May 14, Brenda Ueland deserves better than a poorly put together version of her excellent, timeless book. If you want to write by Brenda Ueland, , Graywolf Press edition, in English - Graywolf pbk. ed.
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eBooks Download If You Want to Write (PDF, ePub, Mobi) by Brenda Ueland Read Online Full Free. If You Want to Write book. Read reviews from the world's largest community for readers. In her 93 remarkable years, Brenda Ueland published six milli. 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.
It's not my thing. View all 11 comments. If you want to Write, or do ANYthing you are passionate about I even had to blog it www.
My favorite word in the book: Some favorite quotes: Another truth may take it's place later. What comes truly from me is true, whether anybody believes it or not. It is my truth But self-confidence never rests, but is always working and striving, and it is always modest and grateful and open to what is new and better.
If you want them to be scholars, study hard yourself. If you want them to be honest, be honest yourself. They come in a slow way. It is the little bomb of revelation bursting inside of you It is what is always searching in us and trying to free what we really think, from what we think we ought to think William Blake called this creative power the Imagination, and he said it was God.
And so do I. Because it is life itself. It is the Spirit. Not to preach to them, but to give it to them if they cared to hear it. If they did not--fine. They did not need to listen. That was all right too.
There are many people, you can see, who consider worry a kind of duty. Back of this I think it is the subconscious feeling that Fate or God is mean or resentful or tetchy and that if we do not worry enough we will certainly catch it from Him.
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. View 1 comment. Sep 12, Jenna rated it really liked it Shelves: I first read this book when I was 13, so I can't vouch for how useful it might be to an adult reader. All I know is that no book has changed my life as dramatically as this one did when I was I'm only slightly exaggerating when I say that this book has the power to cure minor mental disorders and to help you find direction in your life.
Reading this book was like one long epiphany for me. It is an energizing read, written in simple, clear, vivacious prose by a woman without a shred of pompos I first read this book when I was 13, so I can't vouch for how useful it might be to an adult reader.
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. 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.
If you liked "Walden," you'll almost definitely love this book. It's quite a bit like "Walden" in spirit, actually, except that its scope is somewhat narrower and it's less self-righteous and significantly easier to read. Jun 27, Sally Maria rated it really liked it.
I had to read the book Carl Sandburg said was the best book ever on writing. The poem that came: I would have set you aside, dismissed you as self-help, thought you antiquated, Book of the month, had he not spoken of you with reverence, perhaps even awe, this scientist to whom I had to read the book Carl Sandburg said was the best book ever on writing.
I would have set you aside, dismissed you as self-help, thought you antiquated, Book of the month, had he not spoken of you with reverence, perhaps even awe, this scientist to whom all things must be proven. I ate your words as if I were starving, this book, less about writing than living or God, the real God, God forgotten.
A book about art, independence and Spirit by Brenda Ueland, Jul 23, Cindy rated it it was amazing Recommends it for: I have read this book every couple of years since I was a teenager. I gave it to my Dad to read and he loved it, and said it was so hard to get through because every line was true and made you sit there in awe wondering about your life. I think it's true you have to forget the blahness of similarly titled books and know this book is as much about how to live as how to write.
This author wrote it in or so, and lived to be an octegenarian swimmer. She constantly quotes Keats, Blake, Dostoevsk I have read this book every couple of years since I was a teenager. She constantly quotes Keats, Blake, Dostoevsky, Chekov, etc. Anyone I've met who read it said, oh yes, they too read it every few years.
So get one! Any writer or English student. Recommended to Julia by: I never had any aspirations of becoming a writer. Writing, to me, was not enjoyable. I did not feel freed, or accomplished, and as though I had created a piece of art when I got done writing a paper. Papers were written for the sole purpose of impressing the teacher and getting a good grade. A Book about Art, Independence and Spirit completely changed my notion about writing.
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 made me understand that writing, or painting, acting or whatever else you want to do, does not have to be drudgery.
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. And this is so very true; you might just not know it yet. Only if you say what you truly mean, is what you write going to be a success. This book has taught me to fully rely on my instincts when writing, or doing anything else for that matter.
After reading this book, writing papers seemed to become a bit easier. Keeping that in mind, ideas come to me more easily. I do not feel caged in anymore. Every student should read this book because it helps to understand that there is so much more to writing than the grammar, rules, and formats the English teachers forced into our heads.
Another thing that is great about this book is that Ueland never tells the reader he has to do anything.
No, she purely speaks from experience and explains to the reader how she had to teach herself to let go, and free herself of all inhibitions.
There are no rules in her book, only suggestions as to how to free your creative spirit. While reading the book, you can tell how much Ueland believes in what she has written. Aug 30, christina rated it it was amazing. This is by far and away the best book I have ever read on writing, and I have read a number of them. Her approach is one of pure enthusiasm and letting go of your notions of writing "well" or worrying about your "style", instead she advocates tapping into what is true and genuine for you and just putting the words on paper, and seeing what happens.
I plan on downloading her fictional and memoir books, and re-reading parts of this book for inspiration for a long time. Feb 04, Darek rated it did not like it. First of all - English is my second language, I am deeply sorry for my mistakes.
What a waste of time and money. It is so short, yet so painfully monotonous, filled with long excerpts taken from diaries and letters of few famous artists mostly van Gogh, Blake and "Great Russians" and pupils from Ueland's writing class. While the author often mocks the great writers that she personally dislikes Steinbeck?
Scott Fitzgerald, seriously? Not to mention useless tirades full of Coelho'esque esoteric cliches and countless references to God and Christianity. 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 he might as well have taken them out in the backyard and killed them with an ax".
All these tendencies culminate in the Chapter XVII, which basically encourages all people to become compulsive writers and just fill the world with nonsensical flood of words. In the last paragraphs Ueland expresses her conviction, that emotions unlike arguments and facts are always a great positive force.
I simply can not agree with that - many mass murderers and tyrants considered themselves artists, without reason and moral introspection art can be a great destructive force, too! Ueland finishes with following words: So much for her modesty, I guess. View 2 comments. Feb 20, Polly rated it it was amazing Shelves: I believe in Ueland's thesis that: She wrote this book in , and she died in at age She believed in long walks as healthy and also to show respect for this earth and deep listening to show love to those around us , and I find her a wonderful role model.
Her book is partly warm reassurance, and partly a kick in the pants. Other favorite quotes: Oct 31, Michael Leviton rated it it was amazing.
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. It's killing me, it's so good. And I can't believe how modern it feels; it was written in ! This woman writes about this sort of fraudulence and art-for-money or art-for-fame attitudes without even seeing all the obscene stupidities that we have from the last 70 years!
I can't believe she already felt this way in ! I'm going to go against the crowd here. I liked the book. However, it was not as life changing for me as it was for the many who have read it. This would have made a good pamphlet or even blog post. It's repetitious. I do agree with Brenda Ueland's theory that writing or any type of creative work must be true to yourself.
It's always your own voice that comes out the best in whatever you do. I also agree with her assessment of critics. What really do they know? I cannot think of one critic I'm going to go against the crowd here.
I cannot think of one critic who has written a phenomenal book, but I can think of numerous authors who have made good critics. I would take a recommended reading list from an author over a critic any day.
Positive encouragement and finding your own structure are things that are sorely lacking in our literary and educational circles today. It was a little bit of a shock to me that she recognized this in the s and s. Some things never change. Well, I may be wrong there. In some ways I think we are too positive and self-affirming in teaching others. Think children's soccer games where everyone wins. But repeating what I said earlier yes, I see what I did there , the author could have stopped after the first couple of chapters.
The rest are all affirmations of her thesis. Still it's one of the better "how to write," 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. I won't mince words, I really like reading books about writing, not for "tips and tricks" or secrets, but to catch some of the light coming off of the authors, some little shards of passion, and also to see what drives other writers to, well, write.
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. I loved the books on writing that I read by both of the aforementioned authors as well, On Becoming a Novelist and On Writing , and while I definitely would recommend both books, If You Want to Write presents itself as just as inspiring and helpful, if not more so.
In this book, Brenda writes about the origin of Inspiration and some of the things that will stifle it, a lot of things in fact. But "getting inspiration" to write is not such a big deal after all.
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. Not Lightning-Bolt style, but slowly.
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 really affect your writing "ability," If You Want to Write is more practical.
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.
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. This is who I want to listen to, telling me that I'm a writer, I have something to say, and I can say it better than my first draft.
I love this woman, and her kindness and generosity. I want to write like never before. Her enthusiasm for letting your art through is useful for my other artistic endeavors, too. In the last year, I've read many of the classic writing books, but none have the warmth that this one does. Not even Natalie Goldberg, who I love, too, or Ann Lamott, or Mary Karr, or Stephen King, who totally turned me off when He said that this was not an autobiography, and proceeded to bore me with his life story for hours before he got to the writing part.
Randy Ingermanson's Snowflake method is great and inspiring, but not as friendly as Brenda. So, now, go read or listen to Brenda if you want to be inspired. She was amazing. Go find out for yourself. Feb 15, Ada rated it it was amazing. I found something in this book that I lost several years ago.
I am so happy to have found inspiration from Brenda to finally follow through with my dreams. The last sentence in this book is as follows, "And if it has given you the impulse to write one small story, then I am pleased. View all 4 comments. Nov 27, Tiffany rated it it was amazing. A quote from the Preface to Second Edition: Sometimes, looking out at Lake Calhoun in the cold November evening, he would begin to thunder in his mighty voice so much like Isaiah's, I used to think about the wild grey waves, the North wind, the new moon, the gunmetal sky.
He liked the book. He said: And this bo A quote from the Preface to Second Edition: And this book was published in Never have I felt so close to an author's writing, I would choose to have tea with her over almost anyone in history.
This lady is a visionary so far reaching, it touched me incredibly. 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: Why should we all use our creative power and write or paint or play music, or whatever it tells us to do?
Because the best way to know the Truth or Beauty is to try to express it. And what is the purpose of existence Here or Yonder but to discover truth and beauty and express it, i. And if it has given you the impulse to write one small story, then I am pleased.
May 20, Karen rated it it was amazing. 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.
Not the How-to of writing dialogue or description or plot-outlining, but books about the real art of writing, the truth of it, the flow of creativity that so easily gets blocked.
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.
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 simply put the words down. 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: You can do it.
Write what is true. Write what you see. Ignore the critics and the mockers and the correctors and just work. Do the work of a writer. Reviewers who criticize Ueland for bringing in God and religion into her work are exactly the kind of critics she tells us to ignore.
She has no use for people who write to be popular, or to please the critics, or to sell a million books. What she encourages the individual to do is to write from the heart, what they see, what they feel, and to ignore the outside pressures to conform to the standard of the day.
Her book may not please our 21st century tendency to not offend anyone. She was writing from her heart, and to share her vision of what art is, and how the writer can create freely. To create art, not to win fans. Jun 24, Kimberly added it. This is the holy grail of creativity. I read many books about creative people's lives, hoping to glean some knowledge and inspiration.
This book is the motherload, the culmination The author is a writer as well as a teacher, which gives her the birds eye view as well as being a layperson in this field. Although her subject is creativity and imagination in writing, I find that substituting "music" or even just "creativity" for "writing", this book applies whatever field you need it to. At the end of her book, she provides a summary list of her main points; they are simple yet fucking insightful list.
Here are just a few. Know that you have talent, are original and have something important to say 2. Know that it is good to work. Work with love and think of liking it when you do it. It is easy and interesting. It is a privlege. There is nothing hard about it but your anxiousw vanity and fear of failure. When discourage, remember what Van Gogh said: You are no painter, then paint by no means, lad, and that voice will be silenced, but only by working" Oct 15, Leippya rated it really liked it Recommends it for: The author of this book is unbelievably kind, and it really comes out in the book.
She constantly focuses on the positive, and I'm sure she had to be a fantastic teacher. It's a nice read, if you currently feel blocked it's probably the best moment to get this book.
However, if your only focus in life is to sell your writing, this might not be the book for you although it might contain answers if you're failing to sell.
I find it sort of difficult to apply her advice to novels, to fiction but I still learnt a lot. Definitely worth reading. Download ebook for print-disabled. Prefer the physical book? Check nearby libraries with:. Copy and paste this code into your Wikipedia page. Need help? New Feature: You can now embed Open Library books on your website! Learn More. Last edited by Dianne Williams.
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