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If You Want to Write: A Book about Art, Independence and Spirit Paperback – May 14, 2010
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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 alternate Paperback edition.
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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.
Copyright 1987 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.
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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 electronic conversion.
I would definitely recommend this book to anyone interested in doing any creative work. But I would also urge you to buy a different edition.
But honestly, there are pages in this book that woke me up and moved me to write. I would buy it again and recommend to all my friends.
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 1930'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.