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."

Poetry and Story Therapy

The Healing Power of Creative Expression

Author: Geri Giebel Chavis

Publisher: Jessica Kingsley Publishers

ISBN: 1849058326

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 256

View: 8239

This accessible book explores the therapeutic possibilities of poetry and stories, providing techniques for facilitating personally relevant and growth-enhancing sessions. The author provides ideas for writing activities that emerge from this discussion, and explains how participants can create their own poetic and narrative pieces.

Bird by Bird

Some Instructions on Writing and Life

Author: Anne Lamott

Publisher: Anchor

ISBN: 9780307424983

Category: Reference

Page: 272

View: 4143

"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: 749

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.

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: 1466

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.

Writing without Teachers

Author: Peter Elbow

Publisher: Oxford University Press

ISBN: 9780199766369

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 240

View: 4973

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.

Pocket Muse 2

Endless Inspiration for Writers

Author: Monica Wood

Publisher: Writer's Digest Books

ISBN: 9781582975993

Category: Reference

Page: 224

View: 3433

Offering a spectrum of writing prompts, photos, and advice for all types of writing including fiction, nonfiction, and poetry.

Becoming a Writer

Author: Dorothea Brande

Publisher: Lulu.com

ISBN: 1329926749

Category: Art

Page: 146

View: 2960

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.

The Great Spring

Writing, Zen, and This Zigzag Life

Author: Natalie Goldberg

Publisher: Shambhala Publications

ISBN: 0834840022

Category: Self-Help

Page: 224

View: 9257

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.

Writing from the Heart

Tapping the Power of Your Inner Voice

Author: Nancy Slonim Aronie

Publisher: Hyperion

ISBN: 9780786882878

Category: Fiction

Page: 256

View: 9428

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

Living Color

Painting, Writing, and the Bones of Seeing

Author: Natalie Goldberg

Publisher: Abrams

ISBN: 1613127243

Category: Art

Page: 192

View: 7557

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.

Self-Editing for Fiction Writers

Author: Renni Browne,Dave King

Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers

ISBN: N.A

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 226

View: 9157

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

True Perception

The Path of Dharma Art

Author: Chogyam Trungpa

Publisher: Shambhala Publications

ISBN: 9780834821286

Category: Religion

Page: 224

View: 3402

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.

Stalebread Charlie and the Razzy Dazzy Spasm Band

Author: Michael Mahin

Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt

ISBN: 0547942036

Category: Juvenile Fiction

Page: 40

View: 5694

Based on a true story, a vibrant, inspirational picture book about self-reliance and the power of creativity and music, in which a group of hungry homeless kids in 19th century New Orleans build their own musical instruments from discarded items and become a successful band. It's 1895, and ten-year-old Stalebread Charlie and his friend Warm Gravy roam the streets of New Orleans, homeless and hungry. Stalebread has heard folks say that music feeds the soul—and he wonders if it could also fill their bellies. Soon he and his friends are playing instruments made out of junk—a fiddle from a cigar box, a kazoo from a comb—until their hats are filled with coins, their bellies are filled with beignets, and their souls are filled with music. This inspiring make-lemonade-from-lemons tale includes author/illustrator notes about the real Stalebread and the research behind the book and a make-your-own-instrument activity.

Becoming an Academic Writer

50 Exercises for Paced, Productive, and Powerful Writing

Author: Patricia Goodson

Publisher: SAGE Publications

ISBN: 1483376273

Category: Social Science

Page: 296

View: 3566

With its friendly, step-by-step format, Becoming an Academic Writer by Patricia Goodson helps writers improve their writing by engaging in deep and deliberate practice—a type of practice adopted by expert performers in areas such as sports or music. Featuring 50 exercises, this practical, self-paced guide is flexibly organized so readers can either work their way through all of the exercises in order or focus on the specific areas where they need additional practice building their skills. The Second Edition is enhanced by a new appendix on literature review, new feature boxes, and new chapter summaries.

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: 4644

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.

A Field Guide for Immersion Writing

Memoir, Journalism, and Travel

Author: Robin Hemley

Publisher: University of Georgia Press

ISBN: 0820343730

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 192

View: 2507

For centuries writers have used participatory experience as a lens through which to better see the world at large and as a means of exploring the self. Considering various types of participatory writing as different strains of one style—immersion writing—Robin Hemley offers new perspectives and practical advice for writers of this nonfiction genre. Immersion writing can be broken down into the broad categories of travel writing, immersion memoir, and immersion journalism. Using the work of such authors as Barbara Ehrenreich, Hunter S. Thompson, Ted Conover, A. J. Jacobs, Nellie Bly, Julio Cortazar, and James Agee, Hemley examines these three major types of immersion writing and further identifies the subcategories of the quest, the experiment, the investigation, the infiltration, and the reenactment. Included in the book are helpful exercises, models for immersion writing, and a chapter on one of the most fraught subjects for nonfiction writers—the ethics and legalities of writing about other people. A Field Guide for Immersion Writing recalibrates and redefines the way writers approach their relationship to their subjects. Suitable for beginners and advanced writers, the book provides an enlightening, provocative, and often amusing look at the ways in which nonfiction writers engage with the world around them. A Friends Fund Publication.

Writing At Work

Professional Writing Skills for People on the Job

Author: Edward Smith,Stephen A. Bernhardt

Publisher: McGraw Hill Professional

ISBN: 9780844259833

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 391

View: 4877

Intended for all levels of writing used at work, including memos, e-mail, status reports, lab reports, and marketing materials, this book offers a guide to the rules of grammar and style that are required to achieve quality writing

Poemcrazy

Freeing Your Life with Words

Author: Susan G. Wooldridge

Publisher: Broadway Books

ISBN: 0307559122

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 224

View: 1704

Following the success of several recent inspirational and practical books for would-be writers, Poemcrazy is a perfect guide for everyone who ever wanted to write a poem but was afraid to try. Writing workshop leader Susan Wooldridge shows how to think, use one's senses, and practice exercises that will make poems more likely to happen.

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: 2123

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.