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Writing Down the Bones

Writing Down the Bones
Your Price: $19.75 CDN
Author: Natalie Goldberg
Publisher: Shambhala
Format: Softcover
# of Pages: 200
Pub. Date: 2005
ISBN-10: 1590302613
ISBN-13: 9781590302613

About the Book:

Writing Down the Bones is recommended by the Writers Guild Initiative!

For more than twenty years Natalie Goldberg has been challenging and cheering on writers with her books and workshops. In her groundbreaking first book Writing Down the Bones, 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."

With insight, humour, and practicality, Natalie Goldberg inspires writers and would-be writers to take the leap into writing skillfully and creatively. She offers suggestions, encouragement, and solid advice on many aspects of the writer's craft: on writing from "first thoughts" (keep your hand moving, don't cross out, just get it on paper), on listening (writing is ninety percent listening; the deeper you listen, the better you write), on using verbs (verbs provide the energy of the sentence), on overcoming doubts (doubt is torture; don't listen to it) — even on choosing a restaurant in which to write. Goldberg sees writing as a practice that helps writers comprehend the value of their lives. The advice in her book, provided in short, easy-to-read chapters with titles that reflect the author's witty approach ("Writing Is Not a McDonald's Hamburger," "Man Eats Car," "Be an Animal"), will inspire anyone who writes — or who longs to.

This new edition of Writing Down the Bones, which marks almost twenty years since the original book's publication, includes a new preface in which Natalie 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. Subtitled Freeing the Writer Within, this book also includes 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.

What people say:

"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, award-winning author and columnist

"The author's style is refreshingly informal. This book is highly recommended to readers who would like to develop their ability to write, and to those who would like to know how to use writing as a Zen-like activity to help them on their personal journeys toward self-discovery." — New Age Retailer

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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