reviewed Writing down the bones by Natalie Goldberg (Shambhala pocket classics)

Natalie Goldberg: Writing down the bones (Paperback, 2006, Shambhala) 4 stars

For more than twenty years Natalie Goldberg has been challenging and cheering on writers with …

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5 stars

I actually listened to the audiobook, which in a way was much more productive for me than actually reading the book itself. Why? Because I was able to listen to [author:Natalie Goldberg|25189] as she talked about what you should be doing to help yourself develop ideas, hone your craft, where you should write and just about every aspect of the writing process, as I wandered through our neighborhoods. Just that simple act was able to get my creative juices flowing, and connected with me so powerfully that I ache to write. I want to better myself, but I know I need to practice. I've seen how powerful her lessons can be; I recently wrote, "I need to give myself permission to write what I want, and not necessarily what other people want to read!" It's something I honestly wouldn't have considered had I not listened to this audiobook.

And now, every time I start to jot a note to myself about something I want to write, or even start on a new story, I have Natalie's voice in my head. And that's a good thing.