Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Writing Down the Bones – Natalie Goldberg


Pages: 288

Published: April 13th 2010 by Shambhala Publications

Date Finished: 30th August 2011

Recommend It: Yes


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."


I read this book some years ago and fell instantly in love with it. Not a book on how to write, but a writing life and the constant practice and relationship [loving and passionate] with writing, Natalie brings to the reader a beautiful memoir of exploration and the intense deepness that writing can bring. With its short chapters, little exercises, humorous stories and raw poetry this book will always hold a sacred place in my writing collection and will be re-read many times in the future.


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