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Writing Down the Bones by Natalie Goldberg
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Apr 05, 2008

really liked it
bookshelves: writing, college, 2008
Recommended to Rob by: John
Recommended for: all writers (aspiring or otherwise)
Read in April, 2008 , read count: 2

If you are an aspiring author, this should be the cornerstone of your library. For a long time, it is likely to be the only book on the subject that you will need. Later, you may find that it is the only book that speaks to you at every skill level you find yourself occupying. But that is (in part) because Natalie Goldberg's Zen training informs us (through her) that skill is an illusion and that each act (be it writing or cooking or speaking) is its own independent entity, connected to its kin but each a unique opportunity for crushing successes or blessed failures.

This book will not change your life. But its simple messages, repeated with subtle variations, accessed through each easily digestible chapter will affirm your commitment, will affirm that each time you pick up the pen, you are making yourself vulnerable and embarking on a critical path full of life.
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