Writing Down the Bones

Freeing the Writer Within

Author: Natalie Goldberg

Publisher: Shambhala Publications

ISBN: 9780834821132

Category: Self-Help

Page: 224

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For more than thirty years Natalie Goldberg has been challenging and cheering on writers with her books and workshops. In her groundbreaking first book, she brings together Zen meditation and writing in a new way. Writing practice, as she calls it, is no different from other forms of Zen practice—"it is backed by two thousand years of studying the mind." This thirtieth-anniversary edition includes new forewords by Julia Cameron and Bill Addison. It also includes a new preface in which Goldberg reflects on the enduring quality of the teachings here. She writes, "What have I learned about writing over these thirty years? I’ve written fourteen books, and it’s the practice here in Bones that is the foundation, sustaining and building my writing voice, that keeps me honest, teaches me how to endure the hard times and how to drop below discursive thinking, to taste the real meat of our minds and the life around us."

Writers on Writing

Collected Essays from The New York Times

Author: John Darnton

Publisher: Macmillan

ISBN: 9780805070859

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 268

View: 3241

A collection of touching, humorous, and practical writings explores literature and the art of writing with contributions from Russell Banks, Saul Bellow, E. L. Doctorow, Richard Ford, Carl Hiaasen, Alice Hoffman, John Updike, and many others. Reprint. 17,500 first printing.

Bird by Bird

Some Instructions on Writing and Life

Author: Anne Lamott

Publisher: Anchor

ISBN: 9780307424983

Category: Reference

Page: 272

View: 5325

"A warm, generous and hilarious guide through the writer's world and its treacherous swamps." --Los Angeles Times Advice on writing and on life from an acclaimed bestselling author: "Thirty years ago my older brother, who was ten years old at the time, was trying to get a report on birds written that he'd had three months to write. It was due the next day. We were out at our family cabin in Bolinas, and he was at the kitchen table close to tears, surrounded by binder paper and pencils and unopened books on birds, immobilized by the hugeness of the task ahead. Then my father sat down beside him, put his arm around my brother's shoulder, and said, 'Bird by bird, buddy. Just take it bird by bird.'"

Wild Mind

Living the Writer's Life

Author: Natalie Goldberg

Publisher: Open Road Media

ISBN: 1453224599

Category: Reference

Page: 250

View: 4794

An inspirational, practical, and often lighthearted guide on how to find time to write, how to discover your personal style, and how to make sentences come alive Natalie Goldberg, author of the bestselling Writing Down the Bones, shares her invaluable insight into writing as a source of creative power, and the daily ins and outs of the writer’s task. Topics include balancing mundane responsibilities with a commitment to writing; knowing when to take risks as a writer and a human being; coming to terms with success, failure, and loss; and learning self-acceptance—both in life and art. Thought-provoking and practical, Wild Mind provides an abundance of suggestions for keeping the writing life vital and active, and includes more than thirty provocative “try this” exercises as jump-starters to get your pen moving. This ebook features an illustrated biography of Natalie Goldberg, including rare photos and never-before-seen documents from the author’s personal collection.

If You Want to Write

Author: Brenda Ueland

Publisher: Simon and Schuster

ISBN: 1627932011

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 141

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Brenda Ueland was a journalist, editor, freelance writer, and teacher of writing. In If You Want to Write: A Book about Art, Independence and Spirit she shares her philosophies on writing and life in general. Ueland firmly believed that anyone can write, that everyone is talented, original, and has something important to say. In this book she explains how find that spark that will make you a great writer. Carl Sandburg called this book the best book ever written about how to write. Join the millions of others who've found inspiration and unlocked their own talent.

Best of the South

From the Second Decade of New Stories from the South Edited by Shannon Ravenel

Author: Anne Tyler,Shannon Ravenel

Publisher: Algonquin Books

ISBN: 9781565124707

Category: Fiction

Page: 342

View: 8752

A collection of Southern literature features twenty stories written from 1996 to 2005 by both famous and first-time writers, including Lee Smith, Max Steele, Gregory Sanders, Stephanie Soileau, and many more, accompanied by incisive introductions by editor Anne Tyler. Original.

The True Secret of Writing

Connecting Life with Language

Author: Natalie Goldberg

Publisher: Simon and Schuster

ISBN: 1451641265

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 256

View: 7457

Sit. Walk. Write. These are the barest bones of Natalie Goldberg’s revolutionary writing and life practice, which she presents here in book form for the first time. A whole new slant on writing that she developed since the publication of her classic Writing Down the Bones, True Secret workshops have been limited until now to small, intensive groups at a remote center in the rural Southwest. In The True Secret of Writing, Goldberg makes this popular seminar available to any reader. The True Secret is for everyone, like eating and sleeping. It allows you to discover something real about your life, to mine the rich awareness in your mind, and to ground and empower yourself. Goldberg guides you through your own personal or group retreat, illuminating the steps of sitting in silent open mind, walking anchored to the earth, and writing without criticism. Just as Goldberg cuts through her students’ resistance with her no-nonsense instruction—“Shut up and write”—the True Secret cuts to the core of realizing yourself and your world. The capstone to forty years of teaching, The True Secret of Writing is Goldberg’s Zen boot camp, her legacy teaching. Stories of Natalie’s own search for truth and clarity and her students’ breakthroughs and insights give moving testament to how brilliantly her unique, tough-love method works. Beautiful homages to the work of other great teachers and observers of mind, life, and love provide further secrets and inspiration to which readers will return again and again. In her inimitable way, Goldberg will inspire you to pick up the pen, get writing, and keep going. The True Secret of Writing will help you with your writing—and your life.

Pen on Fire

A Busy Woman's Guide to Igniting the Writer Within

Author: Barbara DeMarco-Barrett

Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt

ISBN: 9780156029780

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 262

View: 6933

A practical and inspiring guide for busy women offers a range of exercises and techniques on how to write meaningfully in fifteen minutes a day, counseling aspiring writers on how to achieve serious writing in between demanding life responsibilities. Original. 30,000 first printing.

The Essential Writers Notebook

A Step-By-Step Guide to Better Writing

Author: Natalie Goldberg

Publisher: Peter Pauper Press, Inc.

ISBN: 9780880882439

Category: Authorship

Page: 160

View: 3626

This beautiful notebook, illustrated by the author's own paintings, provides the perfect opportunity for would-be writers, as well as those seeking a fresh approach to their work, to learn simple techniques that will help them master the basics of the craft. Inspired by the philosophy of Zen Buddhism, the book provides a complete step-by-step mini-course on how to write clearly and powerfully. Abundant lined pages can be used for writing practice.

On Being a Writer

12 Simple Habits for a Writing Life That Lasts

Author: Anne Kroeker,Charity Singleton Craig

Publisher: T. S. Poetry Press

ISBN: 9780989854245

Category: Authorship

Page: 164

View: 9493

Is your writing life all it can be? Let this book act as your personal coach, to explore the writing life you already have and the writing life you wish for, and close the gap between the two. Gain insights through helpful stories from the authors' established writing careers. Explore twelve simple (but vital) habits-through journaling, writing prompts, bonus activities, and discussion questions. The honest and witty stories help build a vision for a satisfying, sustainable writing life, while the prompts and activities on the twelve vital habits will help you make that life a reality. Also includes extra resources like "tools for the writing life," "recommended reading," "Artist Dates," "resources for writing a book proposal," and "resources for launching a writers group." Sage, surprising, endlessly useful! *** The Masters in Fine Living Series is designed to help people live a whole life through the power of reading, writing, and just plain living. Look for titles with the tabs read, write, live, play, learn, or grow-and join a culture of individuals interested in living deeply, richly.

Writing without Teachers

Author: Peter Elbow

Publisher: Oxford University Press

ISBN: 9780199766369

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 240

View: 7939

In Writing Without Teachers, well-known advocate of innovative teaching methods Peter Elbow outlines a practical program for learning how to write. His approach is especially helpful to people who get "stuck" or blocked in their writing, and is equally useful for writing fiction, poetry, and essays, as well as reports, lectures, and memos. The core of Elbow's thinking is a challenge against traditional writing methods. Instead of editing and outlining material in the initial steps of the writing process, Elbow celebrates non-stop or free uncensored writing, without editorial checkpoints first, followed much later by the editorial process. This approach turns the focus towards encouraging ways of developing confidence and inspiration through free writing, multiple drafts, diaries, and notes. Elbow guides the reader through his metaphor of writing as "cooking:" his term for heating up the creative process where the subconscious bubbles up to the surface and the writing gets good. 1998 marks the twenty-fifth anniversary of Writing Without Teachers. In this edition, Elbow reexamines his program and the subsequent influence his techniques have had on writers, students, and teachers. This invaluable guide will benefit anyone, whether in the classroom, boardroom, or living room, who has ever had trouble writing.

Becoming a Writer

Author: Dorothea Brande

Publisher: Lulu.com

ISBN: 1329926749

Category: Art

Page: 146

View: 5664

How to Quickly Learn the Magic of Writing Success For most of my adult life I have been engaged in the writing, the editing, or the criticizing of fiction. I took, and I still take, the writing of fiction seriously. So I make no apology for writing seriously about the problems of fiction writers. I have had firsthand experience with almost every current ""approach"" to the problems of writing. The difficulties of the average student or amateur writer begin long before he has come to the place where he can benefit by technical instruction in story writing. He had longed to hear that there was some magic about writing, and to be initiated into the brotherhood of authors. This book, I believe, will be unique; for I think he is right. I think there is such a magic, and that it is teachable. This book is all about the writer's magic. (From the Introduction.) Scroll Up and Get Your Copy Now.

Writing from the Heart

Tapping the Power of Your Inner Voice

Author: Nancy Slonim Aronie

Publisher: Hyperion

ISBN: 9780786882878

Category: Fiction

Page: 256

View: 3794

Helps authors recover storytelling gifts unfettered by grammar-school criticism, and explore their souls' depths while turning fragile stories into tales of strength

Writing With Power

Techniques for Mastering the Writing Process

Author: Peter Elbow

Publisher: Oxford University Press

ISBN: 9780199741045

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 416

View: 2335

A classic handbook for anyone who needs to write, Writing With Power speaks to everyone who has wrestled with words while seeking to gain power with them. Here, Peter Elbow emphasizes that the essential activities underlying good writing and the essential exercises promoting it are really not difficult at all. Employing a cookbook approach, Elbow provides the reader (and writer) with various recipes: for getting words down on paper, for revising, for dealing with an audience, for getting feedback on a piece of writing, and still other recipes for approaching the mystery of power in writing. In a new introduction, he offers his reflections on the original edition, discusses the responses from people who have followed his techniques, how his methods may differ from other processes, and how his original topics are still pertinent to today's writer. By taking risks and embracing mistakes, Elbow hopes the writer may somehow find a hold on the creative process and be able to heighten two mentalities--the production of writing and the revision of it. From students and teachers to novelists and poets, Writing with Power reminds us that we can celebrate the uses of mystery, chaos, nonplanning, and magic, while achieving analysis, conscious control, explicitness, and care in whatever it is we set down on paper.

The Great Spring

Writing, Zen, and This Zigzag Life

Author: Natalie Goldberg

Publisher: Shambhala Publications

ISBN: 0834840022

Category: Self-Help

Page: 224

View: 8113

From beloved writing teacher and author of the best-selling Writing Down the Bones: a treasury of personal stories reflecting a life filled with journeys—inner and outer—zigzagging around the world and home again. Here, Natalie Goldberg, "a writer both energized and enlightened" (Julia Cameron), shares those vivid moments that have wakened her to new ways of being. We follow alongside her mapless meanderings in the New Mexican desert and her pilgrimages to Bob Dylan's birthplace and to Larry McMurtry's dusty Texas ghost town of rare books. We feel her deep hunger while she sits zazen in a monastery in Japan, and her profound loss when she hears of the passing of a dear friend while teaching in the French countryside. Through it all, she remains grounded in a life informed by two constants: the practices of writing and of Zen. With humor and insight, Natalie encircles around the essential questions these paths compel her toward: Where does this life lead? Who are we? This is a book to be relished one awakening at a time. Each story is a reminder that no matter how hard the situation or desolate you may feel, spring will come again, breaking through a cold winter, bringing early yellow forsythia flowers. And the Great Spring of enlightenment—that sudden rush of acceptance, pain cracking open, obstructions shattering—will also burst forth.

Self-Editing for Fiction Writers

Author: Renni Browne,Dave King

Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers

ISBN: N.A

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 226

View: 2095

Covers characterization, exposition, point of view, dialogue, proportion, and voice

Living Color

Painting, Writing, and the Bones of Seeing

Author: Natalie Goldberg

Publisher: Abrams

ISBN: 1613127243

Category: Art

Page: 192

View: 3130

From fill-in art journals to self-help books on creativity, more than ever the public is striving to bring artistic enlightenment into their everyday lives. In Living Color, one of the country’s most celebrated writers expounds on her own path to artistic inspiration. Tailored to a new generation of aspiring creatives, this revised and expanded edition pairs 13 of Goldberg’s engaging and encouraging essays with 75 of her paintings and 22 never-before-shared artistic exercises. This timely re-publication will speak straight to the heart of readers everywhere who want to break down creative barriers or explore their creativity anew.

True Perception

The Path of Dharma Art

Author: Chogyam Trungpa

Publisher: Shambhala Publications

ISBN: 9780834821286

Category: Religion

Page: 224

View: 3388

Genuine art has the power to awaken and liberate. The renowned meditation master and artist Chögyam Trungpa called this type of art "dharma art"—any creative work that springs from an awakened state of mind, characterized by directness, unselfconsciousness, and nonaggression. Dharma art provides a vehicle to appreciate the nature of things as they are and express it without any struggle or desire to achieve. A work of dharma art brings out the goodness and dignity of the situation it reflects—dignity that comes from the artist’s interest in the details of life and sense of appreciation for experience. Trungpa shows how the principles of dharma art extend to everyday life: any activity can provide an opportunity to relax and open our senses to the phenomenal world. An expanded edition of Trungpa's Dharma Art (1996), this book includes a new introduction and essay.

Old Friend from Far Away

The Practice of Writing Memoir

Author: Natalie Goldberg

Publisher: Simon and Schuster

ISBN: 1416535039

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 336

View: 8138

In her first book to focus solely on writing since her classic work "Writing Down the Bones," Goldberg reaffirms her status as one of the foremost teachers by redefining the practice of writing memoir.

On Writing

Author: Stephen King

Publisher: Simon and Schuster

ISBN: 0743455967

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 297

View: 7495

The author shares his insights into the craft of writing and offers a humorous perspective on his own experience as a writer.