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Writing Down the Bones

Freeing the Writer within

By Natalie Goldberg

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Format: Paperback, 200 pages
Published In: United States, 27 September 2005
With insight, humour, and practicality, Natalie Goldberg inspires writers and would-be writers to take the leap into writing skilfully and creatively. She offers suggestions, encouragement, and solid advice on many aspects of the writer's craft: on writing from 'first thoughts', on listening, on using verbs, on overcoming doubts - even on choosing a restaurant in which to write. Goldberg sees writing as a practice that helps writers comprehend the value of their lives.

About the Author

Natalie has been practicing Zen meditation and teaching seminars in writing as a practice for the last twenty-five years. People from around the world attend her life-changing workshops and she has a reputation as a great teacher. The Oprah Winfrey Show sent a film crew to spend the day with Natalie for a segment on Spirituality that covered her writing, teaching, painting, and walking meditation. She currently lives in Northern New Mexico.

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YA Goldberg will catch readers interested in writing with her opening confession that she was a ``goody-two-shoes all through school'' and should hold them until she pulls the last page from her typewriter, one ``Sunday night at eleven.'' Part writing guide, part Zen philosophy, and part personal diary, this book has the smooth, fast flow of a conversation with a good friend who, while struggling with her own writing, has picked up more than a few tips that she eagerly shares. Definitely not another ``how to write better themes'' or a rehash of the writing process, Goldberg's short, quirky chapters give the finer points of how to write in a restaurant and why bother to write at all. The earnest, slightly Bohemian, occasionally vulnerable voice will endear her to young writers who are looking not so much for a teacher or text as for validation that they can write and for some simple but intriguing tips to get them started. While there are the required chapters on using detail and keeping a journal, the most important thing Goldberg has to say to young people is that ``we have lived. Our moments are important. This is what it is to be a writer: to be the carrier of details that make up history. ''Carolyn Praytor Boyd, Episcopal High School, Bellaire, Tex.

" I'm convinced that none of the writers of my acquaintance can go another day without a copy of Natalie Goldberg's magical manual Writing Down the Bones." -- Linda Weltner, The Boston Globe "I'm convinced that none of the writers of my acquaintance can go another day without a copy of Natalie Goldberg's magical manual Writing Down the Bones."--Linda Weltner, The Boston Globe "The secret of creativity, Natalie Goldberg makes clear, is to subtract rules for writing, not add them. It's a process of 'uneducation' rather than education. Proof that she knows what she's talking about is abundant in her own sentences. They flow with speed and grace and accuracy and simplicity. It looks easy to a reader, but writers know it is the hardest writing of all."--Robert Pirsig, author of Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance "I'm convinced that none of the writers of my acquaintance can go another day without a copy of Natalie Goldberg's magical manual "Writing Down the Bones"."-Linda Weltner, "The Boston Globe" "The secret of creativity, Natalie Goldberg makes clear, is to subtract rules for writing, not add them. It's a process of 'uneducation' rather than education. Proof that she knows what she's talking about is abundant in her own sentences. They flow with speed and grace and accuracy and simplicity. It looks easy to a reader, but writers know it is the hardest writing of all."-Robert Pirsig, author of "Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance "

EAN: 9781590302613
ISBN: 1590302613
Publisher: Shambhala Publications Inc
Dimensions: 21.69 x 14.17 x 1.52 centimetres (0.27 kg)
Age Range: 15+ years
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Steve Durham on
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Natalie Goldberg is one of the best writing teachers out there. Writing Down the Bones was her first book on the subject of being a writer and it’s full of good advice on how to write. Not syntax, not approaching a publisher not story structure but how to ‘be’ a writer; how to find your voice and let it flow through your hand. With her help, her offered inspiration and motivation you can change the act of writing from a struggle into an almost spiritual awakening. Once you have read Writing Down the Bones you will have prized open the door to your creative mind. If you want to smash the door right off its hinges read her second book on the subject, Wild Mind: Living the Writer’s Life.
Leonie Harrison on
 
My favourite book on writing. Goldberg is a master at the seemingly simple beauty of words. What I love is the combination of her easy writing style and her zen studies to create a gem that both informs and nourishes you. If you have any aspirations at all of being a writer then you can't go wrong with Goldberg. She will take you on a delightful journey of discovery of how to string together word in a way that sing.
Keith Marshall on
 
An inspiring book and a must for all budding writers I have used many an exercise in our little writers group and I often refer to it and dip into it every time I am faced by writers lack of writing.
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This inspiring book contains exercises and anecdotes on writing in general, and how writing can be a tool for self-discovery. It's written in a friendly and encouraging way and sparkles with good humour. The author helps you to feel like you have an important story to tell. Whatever kind of writer you are, I bet you could find this helpful.

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