Writing Down the Bones: Freeing the Writer Within (Google eBook)

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Shambhala Publications, 2010 - Self-Help - 211 pages
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With insight, humor, and practicality, Natalie Goldberg inspires writers and would-be writers to take the leap into writing skillfully and creatively. She offers suggestions, encouragement, and solid advice on many aspects of the writer’s craft: on writing from “first thoughts” (keep your hand moving, don’t cross out, just get it on paper), on listening (writing is ninety percent listening; the deeper you listen, the better you write), on using verbs (verbs provide the energy of the sentence), on overcoming doubts (doubt is torture; don’t listen to it)—even on choosing a restaurant in which to write.  Goldberg sees writing as a practice that helps writers comprehend the value of their lives. The advice in her book, provided in short, easy-to-read chapters with titles that reflect the author’s witty approach (“Writing Is Not a McDonald’s Hamburger,” “Man Eats Car,” “Be an Animal”), will inspire anyone who writes—or who longs to.

  

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Easy read - some great writing exercises/prompts - Goodreads
Great exercises to help jump-start writing. - Goodreads
It really inspired me to begin writing just for myself. - Goodreads
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This is an excellent tool to loosening up the writing muscles. Read full review

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This book is not about being an author. It is more of a self-help book that uses writing (primarily non-fiction /memoir) for self improvement. There were a few chapters that I thought would be helpful ... Read full review

Contents

Introduction
1
First Thoughts
10
Composting
18
A List of Topics for Writing Practice
24
Trouble with the Editor
33
We Are Not the Poem
40
Writing Is Not a McDonalds Hamburger
46
Original Detail
53
Write Anyplace
131
A New Moment
143
Every Monday
150
A Sensation of Space
159
The Goody TwoShoes Nature
168
A Meal You Love
176
Going Home
182
Writing Marathons
191

Living Twice
61
What Are Your Deep Dreams?
74
Dont Tell but Show
87
Writing Is a Communal Act
102
Writing in Restaurants
117
Trust Yourself
200
Dont Want to Die
211
Notes
235
Copyright

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About the author (2010)

Natalie Goldberg is the author of ten books. Writing Down the Bones, her first, has sold over one million copies and has been translated into twelve languages. For the last thirty years she has practiced Zen and taught seminars in writing as a spiritual practice. She lives in New Mexico.

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