Writing Down the Bones

Natalie Goldberg offers a humorous take on the craft of writing in her guide Writing Down the Bones.

Natalie Goldberg

With insight, humour and practicality, Natalie Goldberg inspires writers and would-be writers to take the leap into writing skillfully and creatively. 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 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 Shambhala)

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