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Writing Down the Bones: Freeing the Writer Within [Paperback]

Natalie Goldberg
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27 Sep 2005
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.

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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: 21.7 x 14.2 x 1.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 12,929 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars It Couldn't Have A Better Title 22 Jan 2012
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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars 'Never been busier' 19 Jun 2010
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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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Writing down the bones 27 Jan 2013
By Jan H
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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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5.0 out of 5 stars The Heart Sutra of Creative Writing Books. 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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Inspiring 5 Feb 2010
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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1.0 out of 5 stars Empty inspiration 30 Sep 2008
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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4.0 out of 5 stars Good book 23 Feb 2014
By Giselle
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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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Hi it's December 21st and still no sign of book! :( when (i haven't lost hope) the book comes I'll write a review. Read more
Published 7 months ago by michelle culligan
5.0 out of 5 stars A must for any aspiring writer (or not). Natalie ...
A must for any aspiring writer (or not). Natalie Goldberg explores simple ideas, alongside life changing concepts. Opens up your world!
Published 8 months ago by Sophie Bird
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book for everyone who wants to write stories or document...
To everyone who wants to be a writer I recommend reading this ook and doing the writing excercises Nathalie Goldberg provides. Read more
Published 8 months ago by Mrs. A. van der Zouwen
4.0 out of 5 stars Writing down the nones
I enjoyed this book and it gave me much food for thought. It also inspired me to try some of the tips.
Published 12 months ago by Barbara McMeekin
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant book
Brilliant book. I had it originally in book form but now have it on my kindle. It is helping a lot with my writing etc. I would recommend this for writers.
Published 15 months ago by Mrs. Janet M. Thomas
5.0 out of 5 stars best buy
this is my third copy as i keep giving them away!! = once you start reading the book it doesnt take long for you to be seeking out a pen and paper and writing = buy the book and... Read more
Published 16 months ago by lizzie Batley
5.0 out of 5 stars Really helpful and informative
As a new writer I am finding this book really helpful, lots of hints and tips. But most importantly the author is helping me learn the craft of writing. Great book,
Published 17 months ago by jackieknott
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent book for aspiring writers
Like most people, I carefully consider reviews before making any purchases. There are so many books on writing, it can be daunting knowing which one to choose. Read more
Published 17 months ago by Caroline
5.0 out of 5 stars Inspirational
This again was recommended by Julia Cameron and again I see why. Writing becomes much clearer after reading it, and there are several ideas I am still considering deeply.
Published 17 months ago by Sue Latimer
5.0 out of 5 stars excellent
Came at just the right time for the stage I am at with my writing. Full of good ideas and unexpected advice.
Published 20 months ago by purplehannah
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