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If You Want to Write: A Book about Art, Independence and Spirit Paperback – May 14, 2010
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Then, read it again. Keep reading it when you are not writing. Randomly pick a page and start. Read it out of order. Perhaps you'll find the Blake, or the Van Gogh; one of her students, or one of her tirades against the niggardly busy-busy world. Read it while watching T.V.(but not while driving a car!)
Soon, you just can't read it anymore. Because it's tedious? Because you've memorized it? Because its pages are stained with finger oil and falling apart?
Because you will be too damn busy furiously writing. And rewriting, then writing again. You will fear--with a creaky feeling in your gut--that a short break may jettison the idea you're blessed with off into the unexpressed void, then banish the next one, and the next one, like a home-run slugger on a roll at batting practice, all which demand permanence--because they all got that something. And you don't dare stop typing (at 75 W.P.M, with pauses of concentrated, exacting thought between) because you must, you absolutely soulfully must, capture this thought perfectly, then quickly move on to the next antsy thought tapping its toe impatiently behind, before it gets insulted and walks out to planet nowhere in a huff.
So read it. And I hope you read it so much that you just don't have the time to read it anymore, and it is gathering dust while your page is gathering words.
Brenda had a delightful sense of humor. She jokingly insisted on renaming me "Countess Francesca" because, "Names are very important, and Deborah is just too stern and biblical." This was just her way with everyone -- funny, uplifting and endearing. And her book, If You Want to Write, will make you feel just as special, as if she is sitting right there with you, laughing with you and helping you every step of the way. Enjoy this women's words -- hold them in your heart. Brenda is a rare spirit. Avanti!
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Amazing, liberating, exhilarating read. The author has a very flowing, conversational tone which is frank, getting straight to the point. Read morePublished 9 days ago by Amazon Customer
One of best books on writing and art that I have ever read. Mz Ueland was outstanding. If you are any kind of artist or desire to try, get this book. It is great!Published 25 days ago by td
This is an excellent book. No-nonsense inspiration that you'll want to read again from time to time. If you're not a writer it would make a great gift for any writer in your life. Read morePublished 3 months ago by RachD
I will reread this book once a year to energize my own truth. And remind myself why I write. It is too easy to create for the wrong reasons. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Kathy
It's worthwhile. The author makes several points about things you should not have in your head about writing, and several things you should. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Jiminy
Wonderful book... seemingly preempts Julie Cameron's "An Artist's Way" in many respects. Would love to ask Julia, if she read Brenda's book to begin with! Read morePublished 4 months ago by Mary Jane Weigel
Written in the 1930s, so one of the descriptions and language are dated, but the author has encouraging advice for new writers, writers struggling to write and even experienced... Read morePublished 4 months ago by VK Budd