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Wild Mind by Natalie Naimark-Goldberg
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Sep 12, 2008

really liked it
Read in October, 2007

I bought this after Peter Bakowski recommended it at his workshop. It's more spiritual than I had anticipated. Goldberg is a practising Zen Buddhist, so I'm cautious of her the way I am about anyone religious. That aside, she has an interesting approach to writing. No, not interesting, radical. This isn't just a few tips for improving style (though it does have these). It's about making writing the centre of your life, your way of existing in the world. She uses writing practice as a kind of dharma. I think that's the correct term for it. You practise free writing every day as a way of training your mind to stay in the moment. I've been doing her exercises and finding they are helping me generate more creative ideas for my novel, so I'll stick with it.

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