Writing Down the Bones: Freeing the Writer Within – By Natalie Goldberg

Goodreads Synopsis: 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 edition includes a new preface and an interview with the author. 

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One fall day, almost seven years ago, I found a copy of this book in the attic of my Aunt’s house. I was living with her at the time and trying to figure out if writing was something that was just fun or something that I was passionate about. Reading this book changed my life. Since then I’ve read between 3-5 times, I’ve honestly lost track of the exact amount.

Writing Down the Bones is the one writing help book that I will recommend time and time again. It’s my go-to when I’m struggling. And Natalie Goldberg is an inspiration to me. This book perfectly combines beautiful writing examples, tales from Goldberg’s life, inspiration for writers and exercises that actually work.

Goldberg has put together a book that’s easy to read and hard to leave. Once I dipped my toes into her work I was hooked. Her love of writing equaled my own, and the way she looked at trying to write and getting to the heart of words was eye-opening. Her exercises are usually quick and refreshing. When I try them out I feel myself looking at my writing in a new way, which more often than not helps me to break through whatever was holding me back.

Natalie Goldber is the author of quite a few books on writing and some on meditation and Zen, and I’ve read quite a few of them. And I would definitely recommend some of them, but this book… Of all of them, Writing Down the Bones is the best. Again and again I would rate this book with the highest five stars.

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