Writing Down the Bones: Freeing the Writer Within

Writing Down the Bones: Freeing the Writer Within

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 edition includes a new preface and an interview with the author.

Title:Writing Down the Bones: Freeing the Writer Within
Edition Language:English
ISBN:9781590303160
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    Writing Down the Bones: Freeing the Writer Within Reviews

  • Jason Koivu

    Bog-standard, cheerleader style writing advice: "You can do it!" In that way, it's quite similar to Ray Bradbury's book on writing. I preferred King's On Writing to both of these....

  • Michelle

    I've owned this book for six years. My copy is the pocket-size version. Its cover is wrapped in packing tape to slow the dog-earing.The first time I read this book in college, and many times since, I ...

  • Jenny (Reading Envy)

    I heard about this book a lot while doing Nanowrimo last year, and thought I'd read it. It's a little amusing, written in 1984, so pre-computer really. And some of her advice was pretty repetitive, bu...

  • Gabriel

    For you poets out there, this book is for you.For those of you meant to write memoirs and light happy stories about light happy things, this book is for you.For those of you who want to write about th...

  • Bonnie

    I picked up Writing Down the Bones when I was still teaching elementary school, and used ideas from it with my grades two to four students. My emphasis on these “10-minute writes” was on unedited ...

  • Heather

    Okay, this book is amazing. I feel that this will be one of those books that never stays on my bookshelf. I will too often be taking it down to read bits and pieces. Very inspiring. ...

  • Jenny

    This is a great starting-point aspiring-writer's book, terrific for getting the creative juices flowing. I have used Natalie Goldberg's techniques both as a writer and as a writing teacher. Eventually...

  • Nicky

    Reading Writing Down The Bones by Natalie Goldberg and Bird by Bird by Anne Lamott struck me as reading two very similar books from two distinct voices. Writing Down The Bones is a personal reflection...

  • Laurie

    This book changed my life as a writer, a teacher of writing, and as an individual!I use this book currently in my high school Creative Writing I class. I read chapters to the students; we talk about w...

  • J. Sebastian

    This is an encouraging and motivating little volume, filled with an assortment of anecdotes, advice, and exercises for writing practice; it is a good way to get into the habit of writing. It has, howe...