Writing Down the Bones: Freeing the Writer Within Paperback – 27 Sep 2005
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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 Goldberg is the author of ten books. Writing Down the Bones, her first, has sold over one million copies and has been translated into twelve languages. For the last thirty years she has practiced Zen and taught seminars in writing as a spiritual practice. She lives in New Mexico.
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In terms of writing books, Natalie Goldberg and Brande talked of about in the same breadth. So while buying Brande, I procured a copy of Goldberg as well and found practical ideas that got me to open my notebook and start scribbling.
It is said that nothing will teach you writing better than getting down to writing. But I have found, that dipping into this book now and again, has given me insight and many answers to queries about writing per se.
Goldberg analyses the craft and the whole mindset of writing - how to write and what to write. In short succinct chapters, Goldberg de constructs the myth of writing and talks us through the process with her no nonsense approach.
If you are a writer who has dabbled in creative writing and worked towards constructing a story, then this book is great. It is great, inspirational and the book really talks to you.
It also addresses various issues like where to write and when to write.
It allows you to forget the world, inhibitions and get your thoughts on paper. It makes you take yourself seriously as a writer even if what you are writing at the moment is rubbish!
I like to consult it when I am in the middle of writing a piece and find it boosts my morale and gives me direction in terms of writing.
It was a book written in the 70s but it holds true even today. It is this element that makes this book timeless to me - a classic.
If you are thinking of becoming a writer and are looking for inspiration, then it is nothing but a good read.
But if you want to make it work for you, get down to writing and this book will help you get there!
If you are new to writing as I am, this book will prove invaluable for all those questions you never knew you wanted to ask!