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If You Want to Write (book cover)

If You Want to Write: A Book about Art, Independence and Spirit by Brenda Ueland.

I found this gem on a bookshelf at my cousin’s house. It is definitely worth reading and re-reading. I am half way through it, but I intend to read it many more times. Written in 1938.

It’s not just about writing, but about creativity and the attitude towards life that fosters creativity and even worship (as I interpret the book). It is chock full of truth and inspiration and recitable’s.

Here’s a nice one I shared with my writing team:

I learned that you should feel when writing, not like Lord Byron on a mountain top, but like a child stringing beads in kindergarten,–happy, absorbed and quietly putting one bead on after another.

Stringing Beads

1 Comment »

  1. Reinout van Rees weblog said,

    December 29, 2004 @ 5:22 am

    Blog with some book quotes
    I just found a new blog to follow, from Evan Lenz who regularly posts some nice quotes from book he’s read. One quote that I liked especially was the following:

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