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Writing down the bones / Natalie Goldberg.

Goldberg, Natalie. (Author).


This new edition, which marks almost twenty years since the original book's publication, includes a new preface in which Goldberg expresses her trademark enthusiasm for writing practice, as well as a depth of appreciation for the process that has come with time and experience. Also included is an interview with the author in which she reflects on the relationship between Zen sitting practice and writing, the importance of place, and the power of memory.

Record details

  • ISBN: 9781590307946
  • ISBN: 1590307941
  • Physical Description: xv, 240 pages ; 18 cm.
  • Edition: Expanded ed. with a preface and interview with the author ; 1st Shambhala library ed.
  • Publisher: Boston, Mass. : Shambhala ; 2010, ©2005.

Content descriptions

General Note:
"Freeing the writer within"--Cover.
Previous edition: 2005.
Bibliography, etc. Note:
Includes bibliographical references (pages 235-240).
Formatted Contents Note:
Beginner's mind, pen and paper -- First thoughts -- Writing as a practice -- Composting -- Artistic stability -- A list of topics for writing practice -- Fighting tofu -- Trouble with the editor -- Elkton, Minnesota: whatever's in front of you -- Tap the water table -- We are not the poem -- Man eats car -- Writing is not a McDonald's hamburger -- Obsessions -- Original detail -- The power of detail -- Baking a cake -- Living twice -- Writers have good figures -- Listening -- Don't marry the fly -- Don't use writing to get love -- What are your deep dreams? -- Syntax -- Nervously sipping wine -- Don't tell, but show -- Be specific -- Big concentration -- The ordinaryand extraordinary -- Talk is the exercise ground -- Writing is a communal act -- One plus one equals a Mercedes-Benz -- Be an animal -- Make statements and answer questions -- The action of a sentence -- Writing in restaurants -- The writing studio -- A big topic: eroticism -- A tourist in your own town -- Write anyplace -- Go further -- Engendering compassion -- Doubt is torture -- A little sweet -- A new moment -- Why do I write?
Every Monday -- More about Mondays -- Spontaneous writing booths -- A sensation of space -- A large field to wander in -- The goody two-shoes nature -- No hindrances -- A meal you love -- Use loneliness -- Blue lipstick and a cigarette hanging out of your mouth -- Going home -- A story circle -- Writing marthons -- Claim your writing -- Trust yourself -- The Samurai -- Rereading and rewriting -- I don't want to die.
Subject: Authorship.
Genre: Literature.

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