Writing Down the Bones: Freeing the Writer Within

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Shambhala Publications, 2005 - Self-Help - 200 pages
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For more than twenty 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 new edition, which marks almost twenty years since the original book's publication, includes a new preface in which Goldberg expresses her trademark enthusiasm for writing practice, as well as a depth of appreciation for the process that has come with time and experience. Also included is an interview with the author in which she reflects on the relationship between Zen sitting practice and writing, the importance of place, and the power of memory.
 

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So many books on writing delve specifically into the craft of writing, explaining how to structure sentences, create memorable characters, move plotline along, or write interesting dialogue. Writing ... Read full review

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Reading Goldberg's book was a feast. It was being at huge smorgasbord where each dish was prepared carefully by the chef in the kitchen. And that is the way I consumed it, too!

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Contents

Introduction
1
Beginners Mind Pen and Paper
5
First Thoughts
8
Writing as a Practice
11
Composting
15
Artistic Stability
18
A List of Topics for Writing Practice
21
Fighting Tofu
25
The Action of a Sentence
95
Writing in Restaurants
98
The Writing Studio
103
Eroticism
105
A Tourist in Your Own Town
108
Write Anyplace
110
Go Further
112
Engendering Compassion
114

Trouble with the Editor
28
Whatevers in Front of You
29
Tap the Water Table
32
We Are Not the Poem
34
Man Eats Car
36
Writing Is Not a McDonalds Hamburger
39
Obsessions
42
Original Detail
45
The Power of Detail
47
Baking a Cake
50
Living Twice
53
Writers Have Good Figures
55
Listening
57
Dont Marry the Fly
60
Dont Use Writing to Get Love
62
What Are Your Deep Dreams?
65
Syntax
67
Nervously Sipping Wine
72
Dont Tell but Show
75
Be Specific
77
Big Concentration
79
The Ordinary and Extraordinary
81
Talk Is the Exercise Ground
84
Writing Is a Communal Act
86
One Plus One Equals a MercedesBenz
89
Be an Animal
90
Make Statements and Answer Questions
93
Doubt Is Torture
117
A Little Sweet
119
A New Moment
120
Why Do I Write?
122
Every Monday
126
More About Mondays
128
Spontaneous Writing Booths
130
A Sensation of Space
133
A Large Field to Wander In
136
The Goody TwoShoes Nature
140
No Hindrances
144
A Meal You Love
147
Use Loneliness
149
Blue Lipstick and a Cigarette Hanging Out Your Mouth
151
Going Home
152
A Story Circle
156
Writing Marathons
160
Claim Your Writing
164
Trust Yourself
167
The Samurai
169
Rereading and Rewriting
172
I Dont Want to Die
177
Epilogue
179
An Interview with the Author
181
Natalie Goldberg in Her Own Voice
197
Notes
199
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About the author (2005)

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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