Writing Down the Bones

Writing Down the Bones

Freeing the Writer Within

Book - 2016
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With insight, humor, 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.
Publisher: Boulder, Colorado : Shambala, 2016.
Edition: 30th anniversary edition.
Copyright Date: ©1986
ISBN: 9781611803082
Branch Call Number: 808.02 GOL
Characteristics: xxiv, 198 pages ; 22cm


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Mar 17, 2019

I really enjoyed this book. I've been looking at the comments that claim that this book is mostly for new writers, and I would wholeheartedly agree. This will not help you write an amazing novel, but it will make you want to write. Based on my experience at least, that's what I've found. I've been used to meeting the expectations of the school writing projects I've been given by my teachers even though it was rare that my writing was satisfying to me. Given this, I really appreciate how she talks about the fact that you don't have rules to follow anymore if you are writing for yourself. Writing down your thoughts without censors of a PC culture can be freeing, and then you can find the little nuggets of gold that you can expand upon for writing in publications, something restrained enough to the point where you won't lose your day job because of the weird things you may initially write. I really appreciated this, sure it repeated itself a lot, but this book made me want to write, and that made me super happy. Thank you for reading.

bibliotechnocrat Dec 31, 2014

For new (and not so new) writers, the blank page can be intimidating and discouraging. Goldberg gives strategies and direction for those of us who have difficulty sitting down and taking pen in hand, or forcing the cursor across the screen. Much of the material is derived from creative writing workshops taught by the author, and the brief chapters are full of motivating ideas. Additionally, Goldberg couches much of her advice in a kind of spiritual context, allowing for the re-framing of creativity and inspiration.

Mar 11, 2014

This is one of the many books recommended by NaNoWriMo & Camp NaNoWriMo.

Feb 18, 2012

The author basically says the same few things throughout the book and hammers those few points into the ground. If you're just beginning to write, this might be helpful, otherwise I'd look elsewhere.


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