Writing Down the Bones

Writing Down the Bones

Freeing the Writer Within

Book - 2005
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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.
Publisher: Boston : Shambhala, 2005
Edition: 2nd ed., Rev. pbk. ed
ISBN: 9781590302613
1590302613
Branch Call Number: 808.02 GOL NVD
Characteristics: 200 p. ; 22 cm
Alternative Title: Freeing the writer within

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bibliotechnocrat Dec 31, 2014

For new (and not so new) writers, the blank page can be intimidating and discouraging. Goldberg gives strategies and direction for those of us who have difficulty sitting down and taking pen in hand, or forcing the cursor across the screen. Much of the material is derived from creative writing workshops taught by the author, and the brief chapters are full of motivating ideas. Additionally, Goldberg couches much of her advice in a kind of spiritual context, allowing for the re-framing of creativity and inspiration.

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JRP65
Mar 11, 2014

This is one of the many books recommended by NaNoWriMo & Camp NaNoWriMo.

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de_grammont
Feb 18, 2012

The author basically says the same few things throughout the book and hammers those few points into the ground. If you're just beginning to write, this might be helpful, otherwise I'd look elsewhere.

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