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Brenda Ueland (1891–1985)

Autor(a) de If You Want to Write

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About the Author

In her 93 remarkable years, Brenda Ueland published six million words. She said she had two rules she followed absolutely: to tell the truth, and not to do anything she didn't want to do. Her integrity shines throughout If You Want to Write, her best-selling classic on the process of writing that mostrar mais has already inspired thousands to find their own creative center. Carl Sandburg called this book "The best book ever written about how to write." Yet Ueland reminds us that "Whenever I say 'writing' in this book, I also mean anything that you love and want to do or to make." Ueland's writing and her teaching are made compelling by her feisty spirit of independence and joy. mostrar menos

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It's an interesting pep talk, which can be summarized as don't try and write like other people or the way other people want you to write, but write the way you want to write and keep at it. This is hard to argue with.
Jon_Hansen | outras 42 resenhas | Jan 31, 2024 |
This was such an inspirational book for me as an artist. It motivated me to continue to write and paint when I felt my art was worthless. It may still be worthless, but through this book, I began to have fun with the process again. I'm happy to see there are so many people who like this book as much as I did. I recommend it to anyone who wants to create something. I think Miss Ueland had a very nice philosophy of how to live.
MickeyMole | outras 42 resenhas | Oct 2, 2023 |
18 chapters of old-fashioned advice from 1938
betty_s | outras 42 resenhas | Sep 10, 2023 |
A classic originally published in 1938. I didn't really enjoy reading this eBook too much, probably because it is labeled a "classic". But, there is always something to be learned. At times I felt like she was just rambling on a bit, and found it boring when reading through other writings. Also, the transition from book to eBook did not go over very well. There are parts of chapters that appear to be missing and extra ticks here and there throughout this eBook. But still very easily readable and understandable. And I did actually learn quite a bit about how important it is to write honestly and from your true self, and she tells you exactly how to do that, thus, bumping the rating up from a 2-star to a 3-star.

I love the fact that Brenda Ueland disregards all the writing rules that restrict ones creativity. If you want to write, you must write freely and without fear of judgement, just as when you were a child and putting on those neighborhood performances, which I surely did. You must learn to write from your true self. You can fine tune your writing later.

If you want to write, you must find quiet time to give yourself the opportunuity to imagine or create thoughts. Maybe during walks without music streaming in your ears. We are so distracted with noise all the time. This inhibits our brain's imagination and creativity, which she believes is the Holy Spirit. And I would probably have to concur with her analysis. How can we hear God or the Holy Spirit speak to us if we are never quiet or have idle time?

You must always write from your true self not your theoretical self, or fake self, never for money, nor for posterity, nor to impress...and never write pretentiously. Don't write trying to make others believe you are smarter than you are. This never works and you lose yourself, your voice, in the writing.

Remember to TELL your story, not write it out. It will help to write everyday. She suggests keeping a diary, writing freely from the mind, actually vomiting your thoughts out on paper.

A great idea: Clear out a desk drawer, and write on paper, put that paper in the drawer. After one year of writing, go back and read all you've written. You will find your voice in the process and learn to tell your story. You will find your true self.
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MissysBookshelf | outras 42 resenhas | Aug 27, 2023 |



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