Wednesday, January 11, 2012

Brenda Ueland, "If You Want to Write" - and Truth

You should really read this book. It is great inspiration and perception into the feeling of writing. Brenda published this book in 1938 and I envy her calmness, contentment and assuredness she has of her self.

I have to post part of it because it has such meaning to those who fight the inner struggle with truth. This can be found on pages 111-112 and I hope this doesn't violate any serious infringements because I'm sure she wouldn't mind her words being shared.

"I have read all of Chekhov now. He is so great, and his letters and his life and what people remember of him is greater. Yet it is consoling that if he did not know all about cruelty, gluttony, cowardice, coldness in himself, he could not have written about them. Great men feel and know everything that mean men feel, even more clearly, but they seem to have made some kind of an ascension, and these evil feelings, though they stil understand them sympathetically, no longer exert any power over them.

Gradually by writing you will learn more and more to be free, to say all you think: and at the same time you will learn never to lie to yourself, never to pretend and attitudinine. But only by writing and by long, patient, serious work will you find your true self. ...

And do not try to be consistent, for what is true to you today may not be true at all tomorrow, because you see a better truth."


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