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Wild Mind: Living the Writer's Life [Library Binding]

Natalie Goldberg
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October 1990 141771557X 978-1417715572
"Wild Mind" is for everyone who writes or wants to write. Natalie Goldberg teaches a Zen-like method that will take you straight to the source of creative power, to the mind that is 'raw, full of energy, alive and hungry'. These pages are packed with wise, practical and witty advice on: how to find time to write; how to discover your personal style; how to make statements come alive; and, how to overcome writer's block. "Wild Mind" also offers a larger vision of the writer's task: balancing daily responsibilities with a commitment to writing; knowing when to take risks as a writer and as a human being; coming to terms with failure and loss; and learning self acceptance - both in life and in art.
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This book is well intended but flawed by its somewhat incoherent style, lack of good writing, and an inability or unwillingness to target an audience. The brief autobiographical chapters offer counsel and moral support to the aspiring author, with a little Zen thrown in for good measure. There are several exercises for writing practice that are useful but can be invented or found elsewhere. The cosmic angle may appeal to those with New Age inclinations, although it may annoy others. While this book is inexpensive and accessible, a work on writing ought to contain some fine examples (e.g., Strunk and White's Elements of Style, or anything by William Zinsser).
- Janice Braun, Medical Historical Lib., Yale Univ.
Copyright 1990 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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"Natalie Goldberg, author of the bestselling Writing Down The Bones, teaches a method of writing that can take you beyond craft to the true source of creative power: The mind that is "raw, full of energy, alive and hungry."

Here is compassionate, practical, and often humorous advice about how to find time to write, how to discover your personal style, how to make sentences come alive, and how to overcome procrastination and writer's block -- including more than thirty provocative "Try this" exercises to get your pen moving.

And here also is a larger vision of the writer's task: balancing daily responsibilities with a commitment to writing; knowing when to take risks as a writer and a human being; coming to terms with success and failure and loss; and learning self-acceptance -- both in life and art.

Wild Mind will change your way of writing. It may also change your life. --This text refers to the Paperback edition.


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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars You can do better than her Aug. 20 2002
Format:Paperback
This book gave me great confidence as a writer, because I know I can at least write better than Goldberg! All you can learn about writing from this book is in chapter 1: Don't edit while writing. Use the first word that comes to mind. Show, don't tell. Don't think; let it flow. Don't worry about grammar. Write badly if you need to. Write what's hard and hurts.
The other 61 chapters are from the diary of an over-sensitive Zen student in therapy, flying all over the country with numerous friends. I found it annoying and would rather recommend On Writing by Stephen King.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Great book! Jan. 22 2014
By Kassidy
Format:Kindle Edition
This book really helped me improve my writing, and was just very fun to read. She is an excellent writer and i highly recommend you read this. Make sure to keep a highlighter in hand!
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Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
This book is a great starting point for anyone who wants to start writing. I love the freedom it gives and the suggestions for topics to get you going.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Format:Paperback
After reading it twice, I think this book contains both positive and negative aspects. Basically, I've come to the conclusion that it's not a book on how to write. Instead, I view it as a memoir by a person with a more-or-less interesting life. At times, it makes for fascinating reading; other times, the stories and anecdotes fall really flat. The writing advice itself is sparse though there are several decent exercises to cure writers' block. Goldberg is a remarkable writer who has wisdom and wit, but I expected more actual writing *technique* from this book and was therefore disappointed.
By the way, I pity the narrow-minded reviewers who bash her for writing about her relationships with women. I've read plenty of books by heterosexual authors who constantly mention their spouses, and I don't see readers accusing them of throwing it in their faces.
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2.0 out of 5 stars A Disappointment after Bones July 31 2001
Format:Paperback
While some will love this book, I found it terribly disappointing after reading Writing Down the Bones -- which I loved. Perhaps this is because Bones was so wonderful this could not compete. I found the writing in Wild Mind cloying and self-indulgent -- to the point of irritation. There are many more inspiring writing books than this. Don't bother with Wild Mind unless you want if for its great cover art!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Wish I Had Discovered This Book Earlier...... Dec 30 2003
Format:Paperback
This book is yet another treasure from Natalie Goldberg. It is like being invited into her home for a while, observing her in process... gleaning what gold you can.
Sipping tea, doing writing practice, laughing at her jokes and I imagine telling a couple of your own once you win her favor.
I have incorporated several of the "Try This On" exercises into my own writing practice and have been delighted at the result. It seems as if each "Try This On" yields some benefit, usually beyond what I expect.
My only wish is that I discovered Natalie Goldberg's writing sooner. This is a delicious, filling offering.... Perfect for using after "Writing Down the Bones."
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5.0 out of 5 stars Wish I Had Discovered This Book Earlier...... Dec 30 2003
Format:Paperback
This book is yet another treasure from Natalie Goldberg. It is like being invited into her home for a while, observing her in process... gleaning what gold you can.
Sipping tea, doing writing practice, laughing at her jokes and I imagine telling a couple of your own once you win her favor.
I have incorporated several of the "Try This On" exercises into my own writing practice and have been delighted at the result. It seems as if each "Try This On" yields some benefit, usually beyond what I expect.
My only wish is that I discovered Natalie Goldberg's writing sooner. This is a delicious, filling offering.... Perfect for using after "Writing Down the Bones."
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5.0 out of 5 stars Do you need to jumpstart your writing? May 24 2003
Format:Paperback
If you are an aspiring writer and need to jumpstart your creativity Wild Mind is your Bible. I cannot imagine my life without a copy for me and one to give away. After you obtain and read Wild Mind just go ahead and buy all of Natalie's other books. You won't be disappointed. She is always at the top of her form. As a person who teaches Artist's Way, I use many ideas from Natalie who inspires both writers and painters.
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5.0 out of 5 stars excellent for use on ooodles of levels
the person who gave 'Wild Mind' a (1.) saying she's a Zen flying all over the country seems to be missing the boat big time and could use some therapy herself or... Read more
Published on Jan. 16 2003 by Umpqua Bank
5.0 out of 5 stars A very freeing and instructive book
I have been a writer since I was a child but never realized that "being a writer" had little to do with what you write or even how often. Read more
Published on Sept. 5 2002 by Judy Schriener
1.0 out of 5 stars It's lucrative to write about writing.
That's the only explanation I can come up with for this book. Goldberg has made a good living off of "Writing Down The Bones," and now goes to the well again to offer... Read more
Published on Feb. 12 2002 by Edgar W. Bridges
1.0 out of 5 stars Awful
Goldberg's publisher did her no favor by letting this garbage slip into print. I'm sure her credibility took a swan dive when "Wild Mind" came out. Read more
Published on Feb. 6 2002 by Dondular
5.0 out of 5 stars Wild mind gets wild juices flowing
I read this book in 1 day, bookmarking the places I wanted to come back to. Goldberg truly spoke to me. The exercises she provides are excellent for getting the pen moving. Read more
Published on Dec 7 2001 by Maria Vanderbie
2.0 out of 5 stars What I think
Natalie Goldberg's Wild Minds: Living the Writers Life is full of useful information along with ideas of how to guide yourself to the point of disciplined writing. Read more
Published on Dec 7 2001 by George
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