Writing Down The Bones: Freeing The Writer Within

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Writing Down The Bones: Freeing The Writer Within

by Natalie Goldberg

Shambhala | December 6, 2005 | Trade Paperback

Writing Down The Bones: Freeing The Writer Within is rated 4.7143 out of 5 by 7.
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 new edition, which marks almost twenty years since the original book's publication, includes a new preface in which 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. Also included is 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.

Format: Trade Paperback

Dimensions: 224 pages, 8.41 × 5.44 × 0.56 in

Published: December 6, 2005

Publisher: Shambhala

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 1590302613

ISBN - 13: 9781590302613

Found in: Health and Well Being

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from beyond EXCELLENT So excellent - also bought the audio Cd's to listen to in the car as inspiration to listen to over and over. Thank you Mz. Goldberg.
Date published: 2014-04-04
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Inspires you to write often and always This book has helped me a lot with my writer's block. It has inspired me to walk around with my trusty notebook and write what I see and start to be truthful with myself about what I want to write, not just how I want to write it. The chapters are both personal stories about Goldberg's own writing process and some of the tools she uses in her writing classes. I have come away from this book with the desire to keep writing always and often.
Date published: 2008-09-26
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Pick up your pen! Stunning! Anyone who is stuck for ideas will come away inspired. This was the first book on writing I ever read, and after many years it is still the best one available. Do yourself a kindness and buy this book!
Date published: 2006-08-01
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Starting to release your creative skeletons This was one of the first books introduced to me by a creative writing instructor and it became a staple of many aspiring writers. It is a great place to start and begin the path of a creative life. The excercises definitley can help jump start a practice if you don't know where to begin. The only comment I have is to use this book as a tool the way mechanics use certain oils to help the motor. BUT - you are the driver .... and beware looking for answers in other artists too often. It has always made me wonder why certain writing teachers are so excellent at giving us homework and methods ... but are not themselves really putting out equal fiction to equal instruction.
Date published: 2006-02-09
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Beginning Writer's Bible Absolutely the best writing book I've ever found (and I own lots of them). Ms. Goldberg gets you started on your daily pages and motivates you to keep on going.
Date published: 2003-09-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Excellent Directional Tool This is an excellent book for anyone who knows that they have something to tell the world, but isn't quite yet sure of what that "something" is! If you want to write, then this is the best guidance you could own!
Date published: 2000-11-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Writing Down The Bones Excellent book for people who want to write creatively. It is both humorous and informative for the would be author. I have read this book many times and treasure it!
Date published: 2000-02-27

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Writing Down The Bones: Freeing The Writer Within

Writing Down The Bones: Freeing The Writer Within

by Natalie Goldberg

Format: Trade Paperback

Dimensions: 224 pages, 8.41 × 5.44 × 0.56 in

Published: December 6, 2005

Publisher: Shambhala

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 1590302613

ISBN - 13: 9781590302613

From the Publisher

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 new edition, which marks almost twenty years since the original book's publication, includes a new preface in which 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. Also included is 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.

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.

Editorial Reviews

"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, The Boston Globe

"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