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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (2,528 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Brenda Ueland, Pat Carroll Narrator: Pat Carroll, Brenda Ueland Publisher: Highbridge Audio Format: Abridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: March 2007 ISBN: 9781598873795
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Much more than a tract about writing, this is a wise and witty call for imagination in all areas of life. It will appeal to everyone who's ever dreamed of creating something.

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  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Amber | 2/18/2014

    " So far, I LOVE IT! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Melanie | 2/15/2014

    " Just listened to the audio-book version ready by Pat Carroll (Ursula the Sea Witch in Disney's Little Mermaid)---what an uplifting and joyful experience. I can listen to Pat Carroll's reading over and over. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Zane | 2/8/2014

    " If You Want to Write by Branda Ueland is a delightfully 'old-school' book on writing and art. I loved it. It made me laugh out loud more than once. There is so much encouragement in here to write with honesty and spirit - the way you are inspired to write rather than the way you think you ought to write. She says of writing, "it's like a faucet: nothing comes unless you turn it on, and the more you turn it on, the more comes." And she advocates for idleness and solitude, giving ideas time to take shape instead of willing them out onto the page. "For when you write, if it is to be any good at all, you must feel free, - free and not anxious. . . Yes, it has made me like working to see that writing is not a performance but a generosity." "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Laura Cowan | 1/23/2014

    " I've never read a book as packed cover to cover with gentle encouragement for artists. Brenda Ueland clearly loved people, loved art, and believed in the potential of anyone who wanted to create or express what they saw in life. A must-read for any writer's shelf. Written many decades ago and other than a few dated technology and fashion references, as relevant now as it ever was, particularly for women who undervalue their art and themselves. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sendhil | 1/20/2014

    " A very good book, especially for someone looking for motivation and encouragement to start writing. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Anne Ylvisaker | 1/18/2014

    " Brenda Ueland. How I wish I'd known her. One of my favorite books about writing. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Dan Kaufman | 1/18/2014

    " great book for every writer. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Earl Dizon | 1/16/2014

    " If You Want to Write was first lent to me many months ago but only recently did I actually read it. This was a great example of reading the right book at the right time. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Nita | 12/23/2013

    " This is a spunky, inspiring, tell-it-like it is classic I go back to again and again. My favorite line goes something like (I'm paraphrasing here), "If you don't like a story you've written. No matter. Go on to the next." "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Esther Bradley-detally | 12/9/2013

    " read it a long time ago; a classic and in my library; i love Brenda Ueland "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Doreen | 5/10/2013

    " I loved every word and found it very inspirational. My favorite section was when she talked about "Why Renaissance Noblemen Wrote Sonnets." Hint: It wasn't to see them published. I've been in a funk since my last book was published and this really lifted my spirits. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 vc | 4/27/2013

    " This book is quite motivational & delightful to read. Towards the end some of the endless examples of writing did begin to get a bit tedious to me, but that's only a small complaint, the book overall is awesome. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Marshaferz | 11/7/2012

    " Both delightful and thought-provoking. A refreshingly honest take on creativity. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Raditya Dika | 5/22/2012

    " if you are a writer.. let your soul be enlightened! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Dioscita | 3/11/2012

    " You could subtitute the title word "write" for just about anything and Ueland will make you believe you can do it... "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Christopher Cahill | 1/4/2012

    " Essential for those wanting to do anything creative with their lives. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Wells Hamilton | 12/30/2011

    " This book teaches you to write from your brilliant, unpretentious, unashamed conscience. Ueland shows how discouragement, personal misconceptions, and general fear keeps us from the art of writing--personal expression with imagination and passion. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Anne | 12/18/2011

    " Involved in any creative endeavors(or should be)? Do yourself a favor and read this book. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 jainabee | 9/18/2011

    " Funny, inspiring and right on!!!! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Tara | 8/14/2011

    " Written in the 1930s, this is more inspirational than practical, but valuable nonetheless. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Christine | 7/14/2011

    " Loved this books on how to write. It also is like having therapy. If you want to write -- this is the book to read! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sharon | 6/16/2011

    " Practical and inspirational advice on how to live the life of a writer, and how to write what is true and genuine and original. I hope I can do it. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Mark | 6/12/2011

    " A book about writing, but also a book about living with truth. This is not a "how-to-write" manual but is a reminder of why we write. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Melinda | 5/28/2011

    " Also a good read - glad I read it immediately after Writing Down the Bones by Natalie Goldberg - good combination. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Carina | 5/22/2011

    " My all time favorite...easy to read yet so in line with my thinking as to why i write... "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Rick | 5/21/2011

    " The single greatest book on the craft of writing (I know pretty bold!). "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Adam | 5/7/2011

    " Amuse-read for those trying to find their voice in any creative endeavor. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Kristi | 4/27/2011

    " This was an interesting but slightly boring read. It took me ages to read it because I kept falling asleep! But really it had interesting points! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Rachel | 3/20/2011

    " This is an outstanding book. Anyone who wants or needs a little encouragement and reassurance about how creative, talented, and good a writer you really are should read this book. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jay | 3/10/2011

    " This is by far one of the best and most useful and inspiring books I have ever read. If you are a writer or artist of any kind being a cook or quilter or if you teach anything at all this book is a staple for your life. Everyone and anyone could benefit from reading this! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Trang | 3/5/2011

    " My recommendation for those who want or love writing. In this book, Brenda describes the writing skill as an art of telling your stories/opinions. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Zoe40 | 2/8/2011

    " Best book on writing and life "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Nick | 1/25/2011

    " For is intended purpose, this book should get more than five stars. For aspiring writers who have waded through book after book of writing guidelines, analysis, how-to's of the craft - this one will save you. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Nita | 1/23/2011

    " This is a spunky, inspiring, tell-it-like it is classic I go back to again and again. My favorite line goes something like (I'm paraphrasing here), "If you don't like a story you've written. No matter. Go on to the next." "

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