Writing Down the Bones Freeing the Writer Within

ISBN-10: 1590302613

ISBN-13: 9781590302613

Edition: 2nd 2005

Authors: Natalie Goldberg

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For more than twenty 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 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.
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Book details

List price: $14.95
Edition: 2nd
Copyright year: 2005
Publisher: Shambhala Publications, Incorporated
Publication date: 12/6/2005
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 224
Size: 5.50" wide x 8.50" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 0.990

Preface
Introduction
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 Ordinary and 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 Your Mouth
Going Home
A Story Circle
Writing Marathons
Claim Your Writing
Trust Yourself
The Samurai
Rereading and Rewriting
I Don't Want to Die
Epilogue
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