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Writing Down the Bones

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With nearly one million copies of the book Writing Down the Bones in print, Natalie Goldberg has helped change the way writing is practiced in homes, schools, and workshops across America.

Here is a new collector's edition of this modern classic as you have never heard it before, read by Natalie Goldberg herself and then infused with her most personal reflections about this "magic manual" for all writers. Try these ingenious, Zen-based exercises to expand your writing skills - or just for fun.

© Natalie Goldberg; (P) Sounds True

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    charlotte_haase@hotmail.com Denmark 05-15-16 Member Since 2017
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    "Insightful and funny"

    I love that Natalie is making new comments after reading each chapter of her bestseller.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Robert M Holden Summerville, SC 03-08-16
    Robert M Holden Summerville, SC 03-08-16 Member Since 2017
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    "Another great book on writing"

    I found this book from Jenna Blum's lecture series on writing and found both to be instructive and useful and invigorating. Now I just need to get the structure that Natalie speaks of and push forward. Thanks for the inspiration.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Kimberly B Grentz 08-25-15
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    "My go-to title for inspiration & cheerleading!"

    Will listen again and again. I feel like Natalie Goldberg is a kindred spirit & can't thank her enough.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Patricia 03-19-15
    Patricia 03-19-15
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    "Inspiring, deep and an amazing voice she has."
    What made the experience of listening to Writing Down the Bones the most enjoyable?

    Great advices for writing, deep thoughts about life that actually will improve your writing. She has that deep calm voice that makes me feel like If I was home, a voice that makes me smile , that makes me feel I'm in a Café having coffee and croissant and she is there with me talking about her life.
    Natalie has the power to make you feel you don't need anything else besides yourself, your pen and your paper for become a good writer.


    What’s an idea from the book that you will remember?

    Loneliness is not a fear that we should overcome. Loneliness is just that black big dog that we have to become friends with.


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    Bradford Omaha, NE, United States 03-18-15
    Bradford Omaha, NE, United States 03-18-15
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    "Zen and the Art of Journaling"

    Consult any article on learning how to write and this book will come up. In truth, this book should be called "Zen and the Art of Journaling." Goldberg seamlessly infuses his personal practice of zen meditation with the art of writing. Let me tell you something straight up: this is NOT a "how to write" book. It is more a guide on how to spiritually benefit from and energize your writing. There are plenty of writing exercises and insights for the aspiring writer to enjoy in this book, but Goldberg's main focus is how to be in the now and then write in the now. The more I listened I realized how her perspectives were best used for poets and anyone who likes to journal. Sure, keeping a journal will help the writer develop their voice. But this is really a guide to get a closer, more intense spiritual experience from your writing. Even if you're not into Zen, the insights that Goldberg offers are well worth your time.

    In this edition, Goldberg revisits her own text, adding additional ideas and experiences she's had in the 30 years since it was originally published. The problem is this is where the audio production fails. I can't tell what is the book and what is a current insight. Not that it matters much, but Goldberg's delivery is constant throughout the recording so it's impossible to tell where the book stops and her current thoughts begin.

    This is a decent book for the aspiring writer to pick up and get a little energy boost, but don't expect any earth-shattering insights into the practice of writing. Go to Stephen King's "On Writing" for that. Also, I've listened to some live recordings of Goldberg's lectures and they are far more entertaining and interesting than this book. She has learned a lot in 30 years, so while it's good to revisit the original text here, I think her more recent insights will probably be more valuable. Just my $0.02.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    JP Southern MD 07-21-09
    JP Southern MD 07-21-09 Member Since 2017
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    "Have a little feeling would you??"

    Great book but awful voice for reading. She sounds like she's on her way to a funeral or she's trying so hard to talk slow that she sounds drugged. And, monotone. Don't listen to it - just read it. Save yourself the headache.

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    John H Greenwood 10-25-17
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    "Inspiring. "

    Miss Goldberg motivates. She made me think in simpler terms. Don't think, write. Get it down and out of your head.

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    J Osborne 08-10-17
    J Osborne 08-10-17 Member Since 2015
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    "Great introduction and direction on writing"

    Just rediscovering writing poetry and this book/recording really helped me to get organized and started on the journey.

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    Daniel Sonntag Shelburne Falls, MA 07-30-17
    Daniel Sonntag Shelburne Falls, MA 07-30-17 Member Since 2017
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    "finds the writer inside me"

    hearing this makes it so simple to write... pen, paper, GO!

    more importantly, it answers the questions of WHO am I writing for and WHY write?

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    Erin - Audible 07-27-17 Member Since 2014
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    "A writer's best friend, in need of an update"

    These books mean the world to me -- they got me writing long before I went to school for it, and they believed in me long before I believed in myself. They're still kinder to me than I am to myself. But the recordings are dinosaurs -- technology has so vastly improved and with a good, solid narrator performing, I could have these books in my ear alongside Anne Lamott's 'Bird By Bird' when the going gets tough.

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