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If You Want to Write

If You Want to Write [Kindle Edition]

Brenda Ueland
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This ebook is complete with linked Table of Contents making navigation quicker and easier.

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 in 1938, before 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. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Ueland argues that anyone can write well once the imagination is freed from self-consciousness, anxiety and fear of failure. This is a fresh and vivid approach to creative endeavors.


Discusses writing and the creative process by encouraging freedom and truthfulness in written expression in order to avoid automatic, uninteresting compositions.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 309 KB
  • Print Length: 168 pages
  • Publisher: Wilder Publications (15 Jan 2010)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0034KYUV8
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #137,687 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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26 of 26 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Enormously inspiring 14 Mar 2005
By A Customer
This book was written in 1938 but it is timeless. I read it as an inspiration to start writing, but it is in fact a book about life in general. It makes you stop and think about how you are living your life and whether you are doing the thing that you feel most passionate about, whatever that thing may be. Brenda Ueland is an inspiration - there should be more teachers like her. I borrowed this book from a library but will be buying it and recommending it to anyone who cares to listen!
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19 of 19 people found the following review helpful
By SasaJ
I work as a professional writer (journalism and copywriting mainly) but my creative writing took a nosedive years ago and I have been struggling to resurrect it for ages. Consequently, I am always on the look out for books which spark off the creative fire within, and needless to say my bookshelves are groaning under the weight of those which I have bought, read and not yet read over the years.

I stumbled across the reviews for this title and thought it was worth a shot, and have to say it is quite simply the best book on writing that I have ever read (and I've read loads!). It absolutely worked for me and I have spewed out thousands of words since I read it without stopping. They are not all necessarily good, but as the book explains, that's not the point.

Buy it now without hesitation, and get on with writing!
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Part of the list of book everyone should own 3 Sep 2009
Like one reviewer said, eventhough it's been written in 1938 this book is timeless.

I am writing as someone who's not a writter, English is not even my first language. I found this book really inspiring, it's not only about writing, it's about inspiration and how to express yourself in the more honest way.

writing is one of the most important skill, in your personal life and professional, this is definitely a classic to own.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Good stuff for the soul 4 Dec 2009
By Bibi
This book really makes me want to continue my writing. Brenda Ueland's advice is spot on and through illustrative examples from her writing class and through her own writing she demonstrates that it works. Even though the book was written in 1938 it's still as relevant today as it was then. I highly recommend this book to anyone who wants to find a way to express their inner creativity! It's an inspirering and uplifting book!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Dreadful edition 23 Sep 2010
I'm not commenting on the book - just this particular edition by BN publishing. I've never encountered so many typos in one book in my life. I can't believe it was proof-read - unless the proofreader was dyslexic. There are countless blank lines interrupting the flow of the text.

Here are some examples of the errors I've found:
Chapter 7 - Be carless... should read 'Be careless'.
Chapter 12 - Art is inflection ... should read 'Art is infection'.

There is no information about either the book or the author. From Wikipedia I find that Brenda Euland was born October 24, 1891 and wrote this book in 1938. The only date I can find in this edition is "Copyright 2008 - BN Publishing".

If you want to buy this book, fine - just look for another edition, like the Graywolf Press maybe.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent book.. really inspires you to write. 25 Feb 2010
I'm only 4 chapters in but already I'm amazed at how contemporary this book is, given that it was written over 60 years ago. I guess that when you get to the core reasons of why people write & what the process can positively do for your sense of wellbeing (soul), these never change. I also love the fact that this feisty American author who grabbed life by the throat, was also Knighted by the King of Norway & held records for over 80's female swimmers! Her writing classes must have been an inspiration. It's a cliche I know to say that there's a book in every one of us, but when she explains that the best & most interesting work comes when written from the centre of ones being, well we all have one of those, so anything is possible.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Words of wisdom for writers :-) 20 Mar 2010
By E. King
I bought this book from a shop in Hay-on-Wye earlier today and read it straight through in one go! As I am currently attempting to nurture my own writing ability, this was an extremely useful book to read...and also an uplifting one. I was amazed to discover how long ago the book was actually written, the author sounds like a remarkable lady and I found myself regretting that I couldn't write and tell her how much I had enjoyed her book (she sadly passed away some years ago). She expressed some beautiful thoughts on the thinking and creative process that I found myself identifying with, and I have also, like a previous reviewer mentioned, decided to try reading some of the Russian authors she loved so much.
Anywaym final thoughts: would highly recommend for someone who wants a little advice on gettingt started with creative writing, but doesn't want to trudge through the dull prose of some dry and dusty "how-to-write" manual. This style of book is infinitely preferable! :-)
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5.0 out of 5 stars frigging boss 16 Mar 2014
By Jordan
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
Best book I've ever read, if you want to open you eyes then read it, love it x . .
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5.0 out of 5 stars never judge a book buy it's cover
Written with wisdom and generosity, the kind of book I will keep on my shelf as an old friend years from now.
Published 19 months ago by Singwah
5.0 out of 5 stars I LOVED IT
No practical writing tips, only philosophy of writing. Might be just fresh air but... I loved it, and it helped me through a bad writing period! Read more
Published on 12 July 2012 by Grazia Gi
5.0 out of 5 stars Bypassing the explanative quagmire
I 'randomly' came across this book and it's reviews here a few months ago, it's cheap so what the heck I thought. Very Happy I did so. Read more
Published on 15 April 2012 by Michael LR
5.0 out of 5 stars I also read this book in one go
I bought this book because I read 'The Artist's Muse', and Betsy Dillard Stroud recommended it.

It is a really lovely book, and the author looks at the world in a... Read more
Published on 16 Jan 2012 by Rachel Taylor
4.0 out of 5 stars Encourages you to write
This book is not about how to write, it is more about about encouraging the reader to write or express their ideas, thoughts, and feelings. Read more
Published on 18 Nov 2011 by Rana
5.0 out of 5 stars Most inspiring book that I ever read
This has been the most amazingly inspirational book I ever read. From the first page you just know that this book has a lot to offer to you both as a writer but also as a... Read more
Published on 17 Oct 2011 by PillBlast
5.0 out of 5 stars P.A.J . Guernsey
Brilliant !! The author writes in her first chapter 'everybody who is human has something to express' How very apt that statement is. Read more
Published on 26 Aug 2011 by Patricia
5.0 out of 5 stars An absolute delight.
Thank you to all the reviewers who raved about this book. I bought it and love it. It is as relevant today as it was in the 30s. All teachers and writers should read it. Read more
Published on 6 Mar 2011 by spellingblogger
3.0 out of 5 stars Ok - a bit too serious
I did not enjoy this book.

It seems to make the whole art/craft of writing a bit too seriously.

Somehow it did not strike a chord with me. Read more
Published on 5 Jan 2011 by Dan
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