If You Want to Write – Brenda Ueland

I pulled this great little book off the shelf, again, as it’s an oldie but a goodie. And I like the description on the cover: A Book about Art, Independence and Spirit.

I wouldn’t have thought of it, except Guy Kawasaki recommends it on his blog for entrepreneurs, as one of the best books he’s ever read about writing. Guy’s one of the first Apple Computer advocates.

What I like, personally, is that this book confirms several principles I present in my Goosing Your Muse seminars.

For example, the late author/writing teacher, Brenda Ueland, (deceased in 1985 at the age of 93), reiterates that each of us possesses imagination, innate creativity. Some people believe that creativity is a rare gift, found only in certain people … when, in fact, it’s what you do with YOUR creativity that is the unique expression. Judging what is a ‘good’ or ‘bad’ expression is what deters most of us from continuing to grow and develop our individual art/craft.

Secondly, she reminds us of the difference between writing for the love of it versus writing with the idea of getting published or earning money from doing it. Need I tell you of the obstacles this causes each of us … to put a carrot at the end of a stick that has nothing to do with ‘art.’

Another valid reminder is about the benefit of being quiet … finding that quiet time … so memories and ideas can rise to the top. I’m sure she never would have imagined the amount of distractions each of us has today.

At any rate, I’m enjoing this book all over again, especially considering that it was first published in 1938!

It’s a quick and easy read, guaranteed to inspire you all over again, whether you’re a writer or any other kind of artist.


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