Kendra Bonnett, She Writes Guest Editor and Co-Founder of Women's Memoirs
Sorry I couldn't post a blog and video yesterday, but my own writing consumed my day. I'm making it up to you with this inspiring little video that my business partner and co-author Matilda Butler made to celebrate the writing genius of Brenda Ueland.
I love this video both for its sage advice and for the fact that Matilda brought me back to Ueland. I didn't know who Ueland was when Matilda first made this video, but when I heard the name of the book it struck a chord. I started poring over the books on my shelves.
There it was: If You Want to Write: A Book About Art, Independence and Spirit. And when I took the book down and opened it, I found the following inscription:
Kendra-I was going to buy a new one, but got home too late. This helped me over a hump once. Happy Birthday, Jere
Between this advice and Matilda's video, you can be certain I gave Ms. Ueland a fair reading:
I suggest that you do the same. This book is packed with advice that only a gifted and caring teacher of writers could provide after years of working with authors, aspiring authors and men and women who think they might have an idea for a story.
In the second preface for the 1983 edition of her 1938 writing craft book, If You Want to Write, Brenda Ueland wrote:
"Your motto: Be Bold, be Free, be Truthful. The truthfulness will save it from flamboyance, from pretentiousness."
In our book, Writing Alchemy: How to Write Fast and Deep, Matilda and I develop techniques for you to mine your fertile imagination and rich depths of memory. Our tools and techniques are designed to help you write from your own truth. And our experience teaching this has shown that the "prewriting" process brings the best out of our students.
If you'll follow me over to Women's Memoirs, I'll share five techniques for digging deep into your inner writer for your own truth.
For more information about Writing Alchemy click here.