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  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Shambhala Publications Inc (27 Sep 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1590302613
  • ISBN-13: 978-1590302613
  • Product Dimensions: 13.8 x 1.4 x 21.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (26 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 25,841 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By norman.g on 22 Jan 2012
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What started Natalie Goldberg off into writing was surprisingly simple for me. One day, in a bookshop, she was idly thumbing through a poetry book and there was a poem about cooking an eggplant.

There was an immediate realization within her that it is possible to write about what you would think to be a mundane subject. And that experience was the start of her successful career as a writer.

In the sixty-four short chapters Natalie manages to to tell her readers about every aspect of her career development, laying down for them a valuable blue print to follow. All this in a humanly style of down-to-earth experience; humor; wins; losses; people in her life and how she learned from them.

I even bought a copy for my granddaughter at the beginning of her second year at university.

Even experienced writers will find gems of inspiring brilliance in the book's two-hundred pages.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Mr. J. Waldron on 19 Jun 2010
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I have nothing but high praise for this valuable little book. It gets down to the business of writing - immediately. I would say also that every person who aspires to being a writer soon realises the myriad ways that this book can help. From the simple imperative 'Pick up the pen' to lots of ideas for poets, short story writers, novelists and 'hacks' aswell. Natalie Goldberg's style is very refreshing and one senses that Ms Goldberg
practices what she preaches, every day. A gem.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By G2L on 27 Jan 2013
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Enjoyed this book at the start and found it inspiprational especially as I'd just been on a free wrting weekend course but after a while it seemed rather repetetive.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Ian Johnson on 28 May 2011
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Writing Down the Bones is one of the best creative writing books ever written. It inspires you to write by stimulating the unconscious.The book also discusses writing techniques. If ever you feel down, have writer's block, need a bit of advice- go to Goldberg and you are back up again, ready to write.Chapters are short, simple and wise. She's definitely got a place on my bookshelf.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Little Miss Sunshine on 5 Feb 2010
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I love Natalie Goldberg. She is like the inner voice that gently urges you on when you think you are totally rubbish. Just hearing about other writers angst as they try to channel words on to the page and make them sound as good as they did in your head is enough to buy this book. But there's so much more. She gives you practical advice, writing tips and she encourages you to think outside the box. I've also just finished Wild Mind, which is also worth a read.
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22 of 29 people found the following review helpful By Angus Dunn on 30 Sep 2008
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I am a published writer. Years ago, when I was still struggling with words, I was recommended this book by a bookseller, who thought it was wonderful. I asked him what he himself wrote, and he looked uneasy and said, 'Nothing, yet.'
All too many readers of this book go away inspired and charged up - and then they never produce anything worthwhile. It's much more of a new-age self-help feel-good-about-yourself book.
For writers? Forget it. Try Ursula leGuin or Stephen King, both of whom REALLY understand writing from their bones.
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Great book. With ideas to get you writing in a new and free way. Unusual and refreshing excersises that inspire the budding or experienced writer. Would recommend this book to the novice or professional writer. It will free you up and get you out of fixed writing patterns that may hold back your untapped creativity.
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By Giselle on 23 Feb 2014
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Liked the information contained and all the advice given from the author's personal experience. It has an interesting slant on deep thoughts and the subconscious, which is not in other books
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