In fact, I defy you to read this book—barely pages—and not come away a better writer. And a better person. I encountered this book in a writing workshop, where we were learning to practice freewriting. No, she seems to be in the room, whispering in your ear. Sometimes her voice comes right out of your own heart.
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In fact, I defy you to read this book—barely pages—and not come away a better writer. And a better person. I encountered this book in a writing workshop, where we were learning to practice freewriting. No, she seems to be in the room, whispering in your ear. Sometimes her voice comes right out of your own heart. She is telling you things you already know, but which you had buried under the need to make a living, or not appear to be a fool, or because you thought you were stupid or untalented.
But Brenda Ueland knows better. Big, Slow Ideas She is a fan of big, slow ideas. The kind that take time to develop, the ideas that anyone can have, yet few ever put down on paper. She knows, absolutely, that you have an authentic story to tell that no one else in the world could hope to get right, only you. She wants you to tell THAT story, in your own words.
Ueland knows about creativity, about how to quiet the monkey mind of doubt and disbelief, and how to open the door to joy and creative energy. The author knows the difficulty of staring at a blank screen, the terror that writers sometimes feel.
The author shows this with lots of examples from the ordinary people who came to her classes. I cannot read it without actually feeling the current of energy that comes with inspiration of some kind rising up, demanding to be heard. Photo of Brenda Ueland c.
If You Want To Write (notes on Ueland’s book)
She seems to have been a highly creative, generous-hearted, free spirit. Amongst her accomplishments, she was knighted by the King of Norway, and set an international swimming record for people over 80 years old. 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. I do not agree. Everybody has the potential to develop talents. Talent is not inherent or in-born, but skill and knowledge acquired through learning.
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Book Review: If You Want to Write by Brenda Ueland
If You Want to Write: A Book about Art, Independence and Spirit