Writing Down the Bones: Freeing the Writer Within
Writing Down the Bones Freeing the Writer Within Author:Natalie Goldberg Wherein we discover that many of the "rules" for good writing and good sex are the same: Keep your hand moving, lose control, and don't think. Goldberg brings a touch of both Zen and well... *eroticism* to her writing practice, the latter in exercises and anecdotes designed to ease you into your body, your whole spirit, while you c... more »reate, the former in being where you are, working with what you have, and writing from the moment.
Contents: Writing is not a McDonald's hamburger -- Obsessions -- Original detail -- Power of detail -- Baking a cake -- Living twice -- Writers have good figures -- Listening -- Don't marry the fly -- Don't use writing to get love -- What are your deep dreams? -- Syntax -- Nervously sipping wine -- Don't tell, but show -- Be specific -- Big concentration -- Ordinary and extraordinary - Talk is the exercise ground -- Writing is a communal act -- One plus one equals a Mercedes-Benz -- Be an animal -- Make statements and answer questions -- Action of a sentence -- Writing in restaurants -- Writing studio -- Big topic: eroticism -- Tourist in your own town -- Write anyplace -- Go further -- Engendering compassion -- Doubt is torture -- Little sweet -- New moment -- Why do I write? -- Every Monday -- More about Mondays -- Spontaneous writing booths -- Sensation of space -- Large field to wander in - Goody-two-shoes nature -- No hindrances -- Meal you love -- Use loneliness -- Blue lipstick and a cigarette hanging out your mouth -- Going home -- Story circle -- Writing marathons -- Claim your writing -- Trust yourself -- Samurai -- Rereading and rewriting -- I don't want to die.« less
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If you want to learn how to write and get the creative juices flowing, this book is for you! I've worked through it at least three times in the past fifteen years. This is my third copy of the book. It's excellent, like-new condition.
I thought this was a terrific book. If you want to "become" a writer this may be the book for you. This is one I purchased, after it was very highly recommended by people in my writing group. This is one book which will NOT be finding it's way into Paper Back Swap-for me it's a keeper!
Years ago I had this book and really liked it. Lost it so put the word out through PBS and received it. I find her no nonsense advice to be both provoking and energizing. I encourage anyone toying with the idea of seriously pursuing writing to add this to their book shelf.
Natalie Goldberg's Writing Down the Bones is an excellent book for people who want to get started writing but can't seem to get moving with it. She gives lots of encouragement and creative ideas for how to get that pen to paper and let the creative juices begin to flow. Down to earth, practical, with fun personal stories that illustrate the ups and downs of the writer's life.