Writing Down the Bones: Freeing the Writer Within
For more than thirty years Natalie Goldberg has been challenging and cheering on writers with her books and workshops. In her groundbreaking first book, she brings together Zen meditation and writing in a new way. Writing practice, as she calls it, is no different from other forms of Zen practice—"it is backed by two thousand years of studying the mind."
This thirtieth-anniversary edition includes new forewords by Julia Cameron and Bill Addison. It also includes a new preface in which Goldberg reflects on the enduring quality of the teachings here. She writes, "What have I learned about writing over these thirty years? I’ve written fourteen books, and it’s the practice here in Bones that is the foundation, sustaining and building my writing voice, that keeps me honest, teaches me how to endure the hard times and how to drop below discursive thinking, to taste the real meat of our minds and the life around us."
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LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - jakohnen - LibraryThing
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
LibraryThing ReviewUser 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
A List of Topics for Writing Practice
Trouble with the Editor
We Are Not the Poem
Writing Is Not a McDonalds Hamburger
A New Moment
A Sensation of Space
The Goody TwoShoes Nature
A Meal You Love
What Are Your Deep Dreams?
Dont Tell but Show
Writing Is a Communal Act
Writing in Restaurants
Dont Want to Die