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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Boiled to its most basic, the message of this book is that if you want to be a writer, write. Goldberg believes that everyone has a story to tell, but too often that story is buried below layers of ... Read full review
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“You're a writer? Don't you just love Writing Down the Bones?” This is one of those books that people just assume you've read when you have an MFA in writing. I had heard quite a bit about it, but I ... Read full review
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