How much do I want to read more? 8/10
This book is magical. Not necessarly to become a writer. It goes deeper and wider than that.
It's about one's own realization as a human being. Connecting with one's true self.
"He who knows not his own genius has none." (William Blake)
That's so powerful. There's latent genius in each one of us, waiting to be discovered.
Writing is one of the tool to chisel it.
Funny fact, Tolstoy is "one of the most interesting human being" according to the author. I just checked and in his "Books I loved"'s collection, Osho has 3 Tolstoy (Resurrection, War and Peace, Anna Karenina). Now I definitely want to read Tolstoy! (just added to my to-read list)
Brenda Ueland said: "Whenever I say 'writing' in this book, I also mean anything that you love and want to do or to make… You must be sure that your imagination and love are behind it…"
At the age of 93, she published six million words, was knighted by the king of Norway, and set an international swimming record for over 80-years old.
She said she had two rules she followed absolutely: to tell the truth, and not to do anything she didn't want to do.
"We must try to find our True Conscience, our True Self, the very Center, for this is the only first-rate choice-making center. Here lies all originality, talent, honour, truthfulness, courage and cheerfulness."
THIS BOOK SHOULD be a great help in the freeing of your thoughts and the genius that is in all of us.
"He who knows not his own genius has none."
-- William Blake
my teaching differs from that of others in this way: I am blessed with a fascinated, inexhaustible interest in all my pupils- their thoughts, adventures, failures, rages, villainies and nobilities. " Tell me more.Tell me exactly what you feel when you tried to kill the man."…" You say 'his muscles rip pled through his shoulders.' Did they really ripple? Did you really see that?" Then the young novelist's excited defense: " Yes, they did!His muscles were so big they seemed to burst the seams of his coat!" Myself: "Well say that!Hurrah! Put it that way. That's alive, great!"
I think this book will show you how I freed them from clouds of automatic verbiage, from "uninterestingness."
You will never be working from grim, dry willpower but from generosity and the fascinating search for truth. Your motto: Be Bold, be Free, be Truthful.
In this book I tell how Tolstoy, one of the most interesting men who ever lived, explains that mystery of "interesting ness" and how it passes from writer to reader. It is an infec tion. And it is immediate.
The writer has a feeling and utters it from his true self.
The reader reads it and is immediately infected. He has exactly the same feeling.This is the whole secret of enchantment.
in the book I tell what Chekhov,William Blake, Van Gogh, Mozart said about it, those great Ones of the Divine Imagination.
we start out in our lives as little children, full of light.
Then we go to school and then comes on the great Army of school teachers.
and finally that Great Murderer of the Imagination-a world of unceasing, unkind, dinky, prissy Criticalness.