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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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If You Want to Write

Would you like to tell us about a lower price? If you are a seller for this product, would you like to suggest updates through seller support? For most, the hardest part of writing is overcoming the mountain of self-denial that weighs upon the spirit, always threatening to extinguish those first small embers of ambition.

Brenda Ueland, a writer and teacher, devotes most of her book–published back inbefore everyone and their goldfish got their MFA’s in creative writing–to these matters of the writer’s heart.

Still, the real gift of the book is Ueland herself: She liked to write, she didn’t care what anyone thought, and she had a great sense of humor.

You’re simply happy to hang out with her. Read more Read less. Add all three to Cart Add all three to List. Buy the selected items together This item: If You Want to Write: Ships from and sold by Amazon. Writing Down the Bones: Customers who bought this item also bought. Page 1 of 1 Start over Page 1 of 1. Some Instructions on Writing and Life. Freeing the Writer Within. Strength to Your Sword Arm: A Book about Art, Independence and Spirit.

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

Writr reviews that mention want to write brenda ueland van gogh years ago guy kawasaki carl sandburg best book read this book william blake ever read natalie goldberg ever written important to say book ever book on writing every day something important creative power reading this book get started.

Showing of reviews. Top Reviews Most recent Top Reviews. There was a problem filtering reviews right now. Please try again later. This is a great book about writing that generalizes to any creative endeavor in your life.

Little of the advice given in the book is directly related to writing. Almost all of the advice applies equally well to any part of dant life where you are held back by self-criticism, unrealistic expectations, and unclear thinking. Ueland’s approach is honest and direct and inspiring. Unfortunately, the BN Publishing edition – a print on demand service – is terrible.


There are missing letters, missing words, odd line jumps, and other marks of a hasty writr conversion. I would definitely recommend this book to anyone interested in doing any creative work. But Heland would also urge you to buy a different edition. I love the original book, but this one, although it contains the same copy, is very poorly arranged and has typos that detract from it.

I bought it to give as a gift, but I didn’t give it, but bought the original instead. Brenda Uou deserves better than a poorly put together version of her excellent, timeless book.

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I bought this book based upon Guy Kawasaki’s over the top guarantee that if you don’t like it, he’ll give you your money back. Considering that he is just a fan, and not the publisher, and that I’m an admirer of his wnat, I bought it.

I am not disappointed. This is a charming book about creativity and doing your creative work without fear. The author is a writer so it focuses more on writing than other creative tasks, but she assures us repeatedly that her advice is universal regardless of medium.

Her writing style has charm, I don’t know how else to put it, and it has the cadence of its time, the ‘s. That the book is still in print more than 70 years after its publication date says much about the universal ideas within and the quality of its expression.

Others have done a thorough job of reviewing the contents of this slim book. My review is about the context – this current BN Publishing edition could have been a gem with some care and effort. Sadly it is below par.

First of all, there are many careless typos and haphazard blank lines within paragraphs throughout the book. Although this work was first published inthere is no indication of its original copyright or publishing history. Apparently this publisher acquired the copyright in and cares nothing for what transpired before. Even more glaring, there is no introduction to give the contemporary reader a sense of how and why these insights have transcended time and are still important today.

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

A short biography of the author would also have been in keeping with a book that has been around for approximately 75 years. Being a writer Catholic Business Journal, blogs, and Amazon book awntan oil painter, and curious, I picked up a copy to see why all the fuss about a book that was originally published in I have since learned that none other than Carl Sandburg provided his endorsement to “The best book ever written about how to write.

She was knighted by the King of Norway and set an international swimming record for overyear-olds. She died in at the age of This book, according to many preceding me, has inspired thousands to find the creative genius buried deep within, and to express it without any regard to “criticism, self-doubt, duty, nervous fear, anxiety, about making a living, and fear of not excelling.


It is our Spirit and we wdite it alive by using it. This book is a gem and is bound to inspire all to open up, explore their Spirit, and put it to good use. I would expand Sandburg’s quote uelanc – maybe uepand best book ever written on using our inner genius and creativity, whether it is writing, composing, or the visual arts.

I enjoyed “If You Want to Write” and found an even greater freedom of artistic expression. I, too, get bottled up with concern about criticism, and self-doubt.

This is my favorite writing book as an author of 36 published books. It is also one of my favorite books to re-read. I read it over again to experience my visit with Brenda Ueland afresh as well as to be reminded of what she teaches. Though she has gone on to her reward long ago she still speaks. She penned this book in and it still sells well. Carl Sandburg said it may have been the best book about writing he’d ever read.

She doesn’t deal with dry grammar and such, but deals with the human spirit and how to communicate with — what she calls — “microscopic truthfullness”.

My favorite quotes from this book, which I carry in my heart, are these: One person found this helpful. I did love this book. She was writing at a different time, early ‘s, and had a very different life than I did – but it was as though she was speaking directly to me about being able to express who I am without fear.

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