Writing Down the Bones

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Shambhala, 2010 - Reference - 240 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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User Review  - jakohnen - www.librarything.com

This is not a book on the technical aspects of writing; however the author helps the reader to overcome their writer's block, encourages individuals to write about the things that matter to them. Her advice and insights about writing encourages a spiritual practice. Recommended as a bedside read. Read full review

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User Review  - christinegrabowski - LibraryThing

This is an inspiring book if you want to write. The focus isn't on the actual "how to write a sentence" type of material, but more on how to fit writing into your life and how to come up with ideas ... Read full review

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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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