Writing Down the Bones: Freeing the Writer Within

Writing Down the Bones

Freeing the Writer Within

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ISBN10: 161180308X ISBN13: 9781611803082 Contributors: Cameron, Julia (Foreword); Addison, Bill (Foreword) Publisher: Sounds True Published: Feb 2 2016 Pages: 198 Weight: 0.60lbs. Height: 8.50" Width: 5.50" Depth: 0.50" Language: English

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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.

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