Writing Down The Bones: Freeing The Writer Within
ISBN 13: 9780877733751
Publisher: Shambhala Pubns
Publication Date: 1986
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The secret of creativity, Natalie Goldberg makes clear, is to subtract rules for writing, not add them. Proof that she knows what she is talking about is abundant in the speed, grace, accuracy, and simplicity of her own sentences.
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Book Description: Shambhala Publications, Inc., Boston, 1986. Paperback. Book Condition: New. 8.5 x 5.6 x 0.6 inches. A splendid combination of Zen wisdom and down-to-earth advice about writing. With insight, humor, and practicality, Natalie Goldberg inspires writers and would-be writers to take the leap into writing creatively and well. She offers suggestions, encouragement, and solid advice on many aspects of the writer's craft: on writing from "first thoughts" (keep your hand moving, don't cross out, just get it on paper), on listening (writing is ninety percent listening; the deeper you listen, the better you write), on using verbs (verbs provide the energy of the sentence), on overcoming doubts (doubt is torture; don't listen to it) - even on choosing a restaurant in which to write. Goldberg, who has conducted writing workshops for beginners as well as professionals all over the United States, sees writing as a practice that helps writers comprehend the value of their lives. The advice in her book, provided in short, easy-to-read chapters with titles that reflect the author's witty approach ("Writing Is Not a McDonald's Hamburger," "Man Eats Car," "Be an Animal"), will inspire anyone who writes - or who longs to. FROM THE CRITICS School Library Journal YA Goldberg will catch readers interested in writing with her opening confession that she was a ``goody-two-shoes all through school'' and should hold them until she pulls the last page from her typewriter, one ``Sunday night at eleven.'' Part writing guide, part Zen philosophy, and part personal diary, this book has the smooth, fast flow of a conversation with a good friend who, while struggling with her own writing, has picked up more than a few tips that she eagerly shares. Definitely not another ``how to write better themes'' or a rehash of the writing process, Goldberg's short, quirky chapters give the finer points of how to write in a restaurant and why bother to write at all. The earnest, slightly Bohemian, occasionally vulnerable voice will endear her to young writers who are looking not so much for a teacher or text as for validation that they can write and for some simple but intriguing tips to get them started. While there are the required chapters on using detail and keeping a journal, the most important thing Goldberg has to say to young people is that ``we have lived. Our moments are important. This is what it is to be a writer: to be the carrier of details that make up history. ''Carolyn Praytor Boyd, Episcopal High School, Bellaire, Tex. AudioFile - Aurelia C. Scott From the first moments of Natalie Goldberg's recording of WRITING DOWN THE BONES, her classic work on writing and life, listeners know they are hearing something wonderful. For this special recording, Goldberg reads and then comments on each of her chapters?in essence, offering listeners two books in one package. Everything is read in what Goldberg calls her "New York Jewish voice"?softened after many years in the West?and is suffused with her quirky, delightful sense of humor. In addition, this production offers Goldberg's new introduction to the book (recorded spontaneously at the end of the recording sessions) and an insightful interview with Goldberg by Sounds True's Tami Simon. Bookseller Inventory # 31083
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