Brenda Ueland


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Brenda Ueland (24 October 1891 - 5 March 1985) was a journalist, editor, freelance writer, and teacher of writing. She is best known for her book If You Want to Write: A Book about Art, Independence and Spirit.

Brenda was born in Minneapolis, Minnesota to Andreas and Clara Hampson Ueland. She was the third of seven children. She attended Wells and Barnard colleges and received her ... more »

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  • ''Everybody is talented, original and has something important to say.''
    Brenda Ueland (1891-1985), U.S. author and writing teacher. If You Want to Write, 2nd. ed., ch. 1 (1938).
  • ''We are too ready (women especially) not to stand by what we have said or done.''
    Brenda Ueland (1891-1985), U.S. author and writing teacher. If You Want to Write, 2nd. ed., ch. 18 (1938).
  • ''... the imagination needs moodling,—long, inefficient, happy idling, dawdling and puttering.''
    Brenda Ueland (1891-1985), U.S. author and writing teacher. If You Want to Write, 2nd. ed., ch. 4 (1938).
  • ''... to paint with oil paints for the first time ... is like trying to make something exquisitely accurate and microscopically clear out of mud pies with boxing gloves on.''
    Brenda Ueland (1891-1985), U.S. author and writing teacher. If You Want to Write, 2nd. ed., ch. 6 (1938).
  • ''Even if I knew for certain that I would never have anything published again, and would never make another cent from it, I would still keep on writing.''
    Brenda Ueland (1891-1985), U.S. author. If You Want to Write, 2nd. ed., ch. 2 (1938).
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