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If You Want to Write: A Book about Art, Independence, and Spirit

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Publisher's Summary

In her 93 remarkable years, veteran freelance writer, memoirist, and writing teacher Brenda Ueland published some six million words. She once said there were two simple rules that she followed absolutely: to tell the truth, and not to do anything she didn't want to do. Such integrity both distinguishes and defines If You Want to Write, her best-selling classic that first appeared in the late 1930s and has inspired thousands to find their own creative center. As Carl Sandburg once remarked, Ueland's primer is "the best book ever written on how to write".

©1938, 1987 Brenda Ueland and the Estate of Brenda Ueland; (P)1991, 1998 HighBridge Company

What the Critics Say

"A fresh and viable retelling....[Hunt's] rich prose and cultural details utilize the five senses to recreate the familiar story." (Publishers Weekly)

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    Sheila 11-03-16
    Sheila 11-03-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Just what needed"

    It is what I needed. To take away what made me stuck. It handed me the key and directions to move forward. Thank you

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    washbear Apex, NC USA 03-23-16
    washbear Apex, NC USA 03-23-16 Member Since 2017
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    "Very Supportive of the Creative Spirit"
    What made the experience of listening to If You Want to Write the most enjoyable?

    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).


    What did you like best about this story?

    Ueland is a wonderful cheerleader for the writer and creative spirit.


    What does Pat Carroll bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Pat Carroll is Brenda Ueland incarnate! This was an amazing narration. I thoroughly enjoyed it.


    What’s an idea from the book that you will remember?

    We can't take a militant approach to our creativity, that inspiration comes un-forced and with much moodling.


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    Timothy 12-04-15
    Timothy 12-04-15 Member Since 2017
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    "Amazing narrative"

    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

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    Claire 07-11-15
    Claire 07-11-15
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    "Exceptional"

    Uplifting and encouraging. Thank you Brenda Ueland! I bought both audio and ebook. Would be listening to this again and again.

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    Caleb 04-05-15
    Caleb 04-05-15 Member Since 2015
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    "An Unexpected Warm & Friendly Read"

    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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    Sarah L Ritter Hollywood, MD United States 04-02-15
    Sarah L Ritter Hollywood, MD United States 04-02-15 Member Since 2012
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    "Inspiring"

    Honest well read easy to listen to - she encourages creativity even for the non- writers - she inspires you to go create

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    Pizza Patti Michigan 02-15-15
    Pizza Patti Michigan 02-15-15 Member Since 2016
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    "Favorite audiobook!"

    Listen to again and again. Her ideas apply to so many other areas of life. She is a real inspiration.

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    "wand3rlust" Melissa Kentucky 09-26-14
    "wand3rlust" Melissa Kentucky 09-26-14 Member Since 2017
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    "Great but need the unabridged version!"

    I've owned the print copy of this book for several years and bought the audio version here because it was relatively inexpensive, and nice to listen to for a bit of a pep talk type motivation. Pat Carroll has THE perfect voice for this kind of book, she has a voice that reminds you of someone you'd sit and chat with about your life, someone you'd seek advice from. I hope in the future she'd be willing to do the full unabridged copy of the book. If you don't have the print version I highly recommend that as well.

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    Salt Lake Joan salt lake city 05-15-13
    Salt Lake Joan salt lake city 05-15-13 Member Since 2010
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    "Thank you life, for the gift of Brenda Ueland"

    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.

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    A customer Tampa, FL, United States 03-17-13
    A customer Tampa, FL, United States 03-17-13
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    "Need an unabridged version..."
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    This book is great - a classic. But this abridged version doesn't do this wonderful book justice. And why abridge it to begin with? It's not a long book. So much wisdom is left out.


    Would you be willing to try another book from Brenda Ueland? Why or why not?

    Of course - IF it is unabridged!


    What about Pat Carroll’s performance did you like?

    She read this wonderfully! My complaint is certainly not with her performance - she was great. The whole (audio) book needs to be made available.


    Was If You Want to Write worth the listening time?

    again, needs to be longer - the whole book.


    Any additional comments?

    Like I said, this book is such a gem, an unabridged version needs to be available. And with Pat Carroll reading it as well.

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