©1938, 1987 Brenda Ueland and the Estate of Brenda Ueland; (P)1991, 1998 HighBridge Company
"A fresh and viable retelling....[Hunt's] rich prose and cultural details utilize the five senses to recreate the familiar story." (Publishers Weekly)
I have always shyed away from writing, but this book gives one such positive reinforcement as well as great ideas to help you get over any kind of writer's block. I highly recommend it to any aspiring writer.
I have her original book, thanks to Anne Lamott's recommendation but now the audible version makes everything complete. I can listen to Brenda's inspiring words whenever I have a minute and they not only change the way I write but the way I live. The narrator is absolutely fantastic. Thank you, thank you.
I listen to this fabulously narrated classic by Brenda Ueland once a year just to clear my head and re-inspire myself to continue writing. My only complaint is that it is abridged and some of the original gorgeous text is missing. But still listening to this audiobook on a brisk walk brings renewed zest to my writing practice.
I work at a computer with numbers. I 'Audible' like others game. I write a little too.
This voice put to these beautiful, classical, sensitive words - this audio program, in my humble opinion, is simple, short and gorgeous!
Her mentioning that years prior to writing that manifesto, she would have exhaustively looked for scientific proof to back up her words, but then she exclaimed that 'I say it because it is true to me, that it is true and you should have it!' - my favorite part!
Pat Carroll voice was perfect for this book.
my review for the print version - There are no words...but i'll try. Brenda Ueland has written this manifesto for everyone who has anything in them to share to spur them on. I love the wording, I love the quotes from her favorite people, I love her artists sensibility and that she gets the way a writer's mind works. She was and is (because being that she was a writing teacher, this book screams of her living spirit) THE voice for a writer lost in their own mind, trying to latch on to guidance and do their thing.
I simply love her and this book is why I do.
Brenda Ueland does a fantastic job of shirking traditional english teachers, grammar, and everything that inhibits someone to write. Instead she offers the simplest, easiest to comprehend 'trick' for writing:
See the characters. Know them, ponder them, and watch their lives in your mind's eye.
If you can do that, you'll create great works. She clarifies this point by saying that it might only be a great work to 10 people, but to those 10 it'll come alive.
Really, really good book. Not only for writers, but for anyone who feels their creativity is crying to get out.
I read dozens and dozens of writing-related books like this in my 20's and 30's before I had kids. They were a terrific education after college, and in many ways I learned more about writing from them than I did in any of my college classes. This book by Brenda Ueland was one of them, and it is wonderfully supportive of the creative spirit. It will give you the pep talk you need to move forward with your writing. My copy is full highlighted text.
Now that I'm in my late 40's and have kids, I have revisited this book again, this time in audiobook format from Audible. The narrator is Pat Carroll and she does a marvelous job reading this book-- I feel she is Ueland incarnate! I have only one criticism of the audiobook, and that is that they recorded it as an abridgement (the horror!); I can't for the life of me figure out why they chose to abridge this book when it was such a short book to begin with. But I would recommend the audiobook just the same (and, of course, the book).
Ueland is a wonderful cheerleader for the writer and creative spirit.
Pat Carroll is Brenda Ueland incarnate! This was an amazing narration. I thoroughly enjoyed it.
We can't take a militant approach to our creativity, that inspiration comes un-forced and with much moodling.
The narrator's voice was filled with emotion and the best pacing I've heard yet. Superb. The book is well worth a listen whether you're a writer or just a creative person
Most books about writing are very clinical in tone of voice. This listen thru and writing style was like listening to Mother Goose describe how to write well. Nothing revolutionary, but inspirational nonetheless.
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