Writing Down the Bones: Freeing the Writer Within
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This is just your bog-standard cheerleader-style writing advice, but delivered in a cheerless voice.
GO YOU! YOU CAN DO IT!!!
Yeah, that sort of stuff can be inspiring, but a whole book's worth will take the punch out of any pep talk. Plus, when Goldberg says it, it sounds like, "Go...you. *sigh* You can.. ...more
The first time I read this book in college, and many times since, I carried it everywhere with me, reading it before classes, and over lunch in the dining hall. Natalie Goldberg's short, friendly chapters filled with spiritual and practical wisdom and stories made me feel as though a very warm and welcoming teacher had sat down across the table from me and struck up ...more
"We walk through so many myths of each other and ourselves; we are so thankful when someone sees us for who we are and accepts us."
"You're never free unless you are doing your art."
"I write because to form a word with your lips and tongue or think a thing and t ...more
-Keep your hand moving
-Don’t cross out
-Don’t worry about spelling, punctuation, grammar
I would set the timer, and on the word, “start”, pencils began moving, some faster than others. And of course I would be writing ...more
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 things of no consequence that have some consequence - The Light Coming Through The Window, Your Favorite Meal, Blue - this book is for you too.
For those of us who are busy thinking of short stories, who are thinking of horror, who think of sf that may deal with harder topics, that think of things that ...more
I simply couldn't put it down.
So I negotiated with the owner of the book, the friend who introduced me to the writing group, to swap the book I was reading (something about taking back your life, another self-help book I was half-way through and wanted to finish and give away because there were too many of such bo ...more
I use this book currently in my high school Creative Writing I class. I read chapters to the students; we talk about what they might mean, and how the advice given could change their writing. I wasn't sure if this approach would be successful with high school age students, but within weeks I have seen more free writing, more stream of consciousness writing, and more unedited writing than ever before! My students ar ...more
A (very!) paraphrased/off the TOP of my head quote:
[You may have $2 in the bank account, your children are screaming, your loved one is begg ...more
While the book heavily emphasizes writing freely in a notebook, I f ...more
I should have trusted my teen self.
I was able to hit upon a few nuggets of wisdom, but for the most part, I was readi ...more
I had never cracked it before, but had read reviews along the lines of “every writer should read this,” “changed my life,” etc, that prompted me to buy it a few months ago. I now understand why.
From the first chapter, I was inspired. I don’t know if it’s Natalie’s zen outlook on life, or the way her words move freely on the page, but she’s a master of the craft and within three pages made me want to be a better writer.
I was asked to teach a writing class for seniors, and immediately this book came to mind as a potential textbook. Despite the fact that I hadn't liked it much, something about it stuck with me. So I read it again, and decided that yes, I am going to use this as my textbook for the class. But why?
What stuck with me from this book was a g ...more
*edit* also I wouldn't recommend the edition I hav ...more
I am not a fan of books about writing or creativity, but this had been on my shelf for many years. When another writer mentioned Goldberg's Six Rules for Writing Practice, I decided to finally bite the bullet and pick it up. I am so glad I did. Had I known Goldberg was a Zen Buddhist, and that her meditation practice informs her life as a writer, I wouldn't have waited to long to read this. Goldberg operates from the point of view that we all have something important t ...more