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

Author:
Brenda Ueland (author)
Language:
English
Publisher:
Graywolf Press
Category:
Writing
Publication year:
1987
Original publication year:
1938
ISBN:
0-915308-94-0
Pages:
179
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Table of Contents:
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  • Preface to Second Edition
  • I. Everybody is talented, original and has something important to say
  • II. "Imagination is the Divine Body in every Man" — William Blake
  • III. Why a Renaissance nobleman wrote sonnets
  • IV. The Imagination works slowly and quietly
  • V. "Sooner strangle an infant in its cradle than nurse unacted desires" — William Blake
  • VI. "Know that there is often hidden in us a dormant poet, always young and alive" — de Musset
  • VII. Be careless, reckless! Be a lion, be a pirate, when you write
  • VIII. Why you are not to be discouraged, annihilated, by rejection slips
  • IX. People confuse the human and the Divine ego
  • X. Why Women who do too much housework should neglect it for their writing
  • XI. Microscopic truthfulness
  • XII. Art is infection
  • XIII. The third dimension
  • XIV. Keep a slovenly, headlong, impulsive, honest diary
  • XV. You do not know what is in you — an inexhaustible fountain of ideas
  • XVI. On using the Imagination
  • XVII. "The tigers of wrath are wiser than the horses of instruction" — William Blake
  • XVIII. "He whose face gives no light shall never become a star" — William Blake

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