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  • Published: 2 May 2016
  • ISBN: 9781611803082
  • Imprint: Shambhala
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 224
  • RRP: $27.99

Writing Down the Bones

Freeing the Writer Within



The all-time best-selling writer's handbook turns thirty.

The all-time best-selling writer's handbook turns thirty.

With insight, humor, 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.

  • Published: 2 May 2016
  • ISBN: 9781611803082
  • Imprint: Shambhala
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 224
  • RRP: $27.99

About the author

Natalie Goldberg

Natalie Goldberg lives in northern New Mexico and is the author of Writing Down the Bones, Wild Mind, Long Quiet Highway, Banana Rose and Living Color, a book about her work as a painter. Her writing workshops are very popular. Visit her website www.nataliegoldberg.com

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Praise for Writing Down the Bones

"I'm convinced that none of the writers of my acquaintance can go another day without a copy of Natalie Goldberg's magical manual, Writing Down the Bones."--Linda Weltner, Boston Globe

"It would be wonderfully efficient and clever of us writers to have to learn our lessons only once; failing that, a copy of Writing Down the Bones on a table nearby could save a lot of grief. It could even save your life. A fine poet and prose writer, Natalie Goldberg has found a new voice. It is simply the best aid and comfort around today."--Judith Guest, author of Ordinary People