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Book Title: If You Want to Write|
The author of the book: Brenda Ueland
Format files: PDF
The size of the: 29.91 MB
ISBN 13: 9780912373003
Edition: Schubert Club
Date of issue: June 1st 1983
Read full description of the books:If you want to Write, or do ANYthing you are passionate about...draw, paint, teach, imagine, create...this book inspires. I even had to blog it (www.burnah.blogspot.com) To really remember it, I want to put it down here:
My favorite word in the book: "Waggish" Meaning fanciful, whimsy, silly.
Some favorite quotes:
"Van Gogh said: "If you hear a voice within you saying: you are not painter, then paint by all means, lad, and that voice will be silenced, but only by working."
"the creative impluse of Van Gogh, a great genius, was simply loving what he saw and then wanting to share it with others, not for the purpose of showing off, but out of generosity."
"If it is true to you, it is true. Another truth may take it's place later. What comes truly from me is true, whether anybody believes it or not. It is my truth....later if you find what you wrote isn't true, accept the new truth."
"...for what is true to you today may not be true at all tomorrow, because you see a better truth."
"He knows himself greatly who never opposes his genius." (William Blake)
"Conceit is....a static state where you rest on some past (or fancied) accomplishment....But self-confidence never rests, but is always working and striving, and it is always modest and grateful and open to what is new and better."
"...if you want your children to be musicians, then work at music yourself, seriously and with all your intelligence. If you want them to be scholars, study hard yourself. If you want them to be honest, be honest yourself."
"...women who do too much house work should neglect it for their writing" [art, music, etc] :) hehe
"...how do these creative thoughts come? They come in a slow way. It is the little bomb of revelation bursting inside of you...."I see, I understand that now!" and a feeling of happiness."
"...in time he even may come to understand what Christ did....how if one is great and imaginative enough one can honor and love people with all their limitations."
"...the true self, the imagination, or the Holy Ghost, or the Conscience. It is what is always searching in us and trying to free what we really think, from what we think we ought to think..."
"Now this creative power I think is the Holy Ghost....William Blake called this creative power the Imagination, and he said it was God."
"Now Blake thought this creative power should be kept alive in all people for all of their lives. And so do I. Why? Because it is life itself. It is the Spirit."
"writing [or art, music, photography, inspiration] is this: an impulse to share with other people a feeling or truth that I myself had. Not to preach to them, but to give it to them if they cared to hear it. If they did not--fine. They did not need to listen. That was all right too."
"van Gogh wrote..."I tell you the more I think, the more I feel that there is nothing more truly artistic than to love people."
"Yes, I am against all anxiety, worry. There are many people, you can see, who consider worry a kind of duty. Back of this I think it is the subconscious feeling that Fate or God is mean or resentful or tetchy and that if we do not worry enough we will certainly catch it from Him.
But they should remember that Christ said that we should cast off anxiety so that we could "seek first the Kingdom of Heaven and His righteousness" (i.e., live creatively, greatly, seekingly, in the present) "and all these things" (beauty, happiness, goodness, talent, food, and clothing) "will be added unto you." Of course He is right."
Read information about the authorBrenda Ueland was a journalist, editor, freelance writer, and teacher of writing. She is best known for her book If You Want to Write: A Book about Art, Independence and Spirit.
Ueland was born to Andreas and Clara Hampson Ueland; the third of seven children. She attended Wells and Barnard colleges and received her baccalaureate from Barnard in 1913. She lived in and around New York City for much of her adult life before returning to Minnesota in 1930.
Ueland was raised in a relatively progressive household; her father, an immigrant from Norway, was a prominent lawyer and judge. Her mother was a suffragette and served as the first president of the Minnesota League of Women Voters. Ueland would spend her life as a staunch feminist and is said to have lived by two rules: To tell the truth, and to not do anything she didn't want to.
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