Writing Down the Bones: Freeing the Writer Within

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Shambhala Publications, Feb 2, 2016 - Self-Help - 224 pages
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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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An Abstract and Zen Look at Living A Writer's Life

User Review  - Rich Szponder - Borders

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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A highly over-rated book with relatively little substance. The tone is also a bit condescending at times. There are much better books out there on the writing life. I'm surprised this book has reached the popularity that it has.

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
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NATALIE GOLDBERG is the author of fourteen books, including Writing Down the Bones, which has changed the way writing is taught in this country. She teaches retreats nationally and internationally. She lives in New Mexico.

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