Writing Down the Bones: Freeing the Writer Within

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Shambhala, 1986 - Authorship - 171 pages
"Hundreds of books are around that tell how to avoid bad writing. Here is one that tells how to create good writing. What a pleasant surprise. 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. Most people are baffled at how to teach this, since teaching and "uneducation" appear contradictory. But Natalie's experience in Zen meditation, which is essentially a subtractive process, has provided her insights. 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 experienced writers know it is the hardest writing of all. It's the simple style of a Zen archer who looks like he's not even aiming, yet sends arrow after arrow to the bull's-eye time after time."--Back cover.

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Contents

Beginners Mind Pen and Paper
5
Writing as a Practice
11
A List of Topics for Writing Practice
19
Copyright

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About the author (1986)

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.

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