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

By Brenda Ueland

Brenda Ueland was once a journalist, editor, freelance author, and instructor of writing. In with a purpose to Write: A ebook approximately artwork, Independence and Spirit she stocks her philosophies on writing and lifestyles ordinarily. Ueland firmly believed that anybody can write, that everybody is gifted, unique, and has whatever very important to assert. during this e-book she explains how locate that spark that might make you an exceptional author. Carl Sandburg known as this booklet the easiest e-book ever written approximately how one can write. sign up for the hundreds of thousands of others who've stumbled on notion and unlocked their very own expertise.

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Keep the picture of your reader general while writing. ‘A 14-year-old boy who goes to grammar school and lives in Edinburgh’ is too specific. ‘Anyone who likes an exciting adventure story and who’s interested in boats, but isn’t too bothered about romance’ is the kind of picture to paint at this stage. You aren’t writing for yourself. Of course, you have to like your book, but never forget about your reader. If you ever think ‘Oh, that’s not really as good as I can get it but I’m not going to worry about making it right’, or ‘I’m tired, the heck with that bit, it’s a muddle but I can’t be bothered to fix it’, your reader’s going to notice and won’t forgive you.

What you like reading is often the best place to start. If all your life you’ve read nothing but hard-boiled crime novels, trying to write a delicate romance may not be your best choice of subject. Not only are crime novels the genre you know best, but also your talent probably predisposes you to excel at crime writing. This rule isn’t set in stone, but it’s a good place to start. ߜ What subjects do you know a lot about? The cliché is to ‘write about what you know’, although you need to be careful about this advice – if what you know most about is lying in bed and watching TV, this may not necessarily be your best subject for a novel.

So, what can be done to better the odds? Read this book for a start. Beyond that, always, always be professional. This section contains a few initial pointers. Part V has loads more information about getting published. Steeling yourself Getting your novel published calls for clear-eyed realism and absolute honesty with yourself. If you think that getting a novel published is easy, you are just plain wrong. You have to deal with the publishing market as it really is, not how you want it to be. This reality means never being too proud to learn.

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