If You Want to Write

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Graywolf Press, 1987 - Language Arts & Disciplines - 179 pages
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 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.

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It doesn't really matter when I finished or when I began reading this book. What matters, is that it is a journey into a woman's heart and in that journey, it's also, if you are listening carefully a ... Read full review

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This book started out as pretty much exactly what I needed to hear: forget what everybody else says and just write honestly. Friendly and direct and a bit quaint. And the first three quarters or so ... Read full review

Contents

Everybody is talented original and has something important to say
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Imagination is the Divine Body in Every Man
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Why a Renaissance nobleman wrote sonnets
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Copyright

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BRENDA UELAND published six million words during her 93 years, was knighted by the King of Norway, and set an international swimming record for over-80-year-olds. She died in Minneapolis in 1985.

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