Both are worth reading, studying, and most of all following the directions they give for the free-writing process, the early morning writing, and the setting of writing appointments with yourself. Note how carefully the two titles are chosen: Becoming A Writer is for people who want to write and need some hints about getting started. If You Want To Write is for people who want to become writers and need some hints on how to channel their desire to write in productive ways. Both of these writers understand how the unconscious can be tapped by the conscious mind. Their psychological insights are as pertinent today as any NLP Master Track graduate might conjure up.
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I even had to blog it www. Some favorite quotes: "Van Gogh said: "If you hear a voice within you saying: you are not painter, then paint by all means, lad, and that voice will be silenced, but only by working. What comes truly from me is true, whether anybody believes it or not. It is my truth But self-confidence never rests, but is always working and striving, and it is always modest and grateful and open to what is new and better.
If you want them to be scholars, study hard yourself. If you want them to be honest, be honest yourself. They come in a slow way. It is the little bomb of revelation bursting inside of you It is what is always searching in us and trying to free what we really think, from what we think we ought to think William Blake called this creative power the Imagination, and he said it was God.
And so do I. Because it is life itself. It is the Spirit. Not to preach to them, but to give it to them if they cared to hear it. If they did not--fine. They did not need to listen. That was all right too. There are many people, you can see, who consider worry a kind of duty.
Back of this I think it is the subconscious feeling that Fate or God is mean or resentful or tetchy and that if we do not worry enough we will certainly catch it from Him. But they should remember that Christ said that we should cast off anxiety so that we could "seek first the Kingdom of Heaven and His righteousness" i.
If You Want to Write: A Book about Art, Independence and Spirit
In fact, I defy you to read this book—barely pages—and not come away a better writer. And a better person. I encountered this book in a writing workshop, where we were learning to practice freewriting. No, she seems to be in the room, whispering in your ear.
Book Review: If You Want to Write by Brenda Ueland