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Product Details

  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Shambhala; New edition edition (Dec 6 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1590302613
  • ISBN-13: 978-1590302613
  • Product Dimensions: 13.8 x 1.4 x 21.4 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 272 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars 5 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #22,421 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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"I'm convinced that none of the writers of my acquaintance can go another day without a copy of Natalie Goldberg's magical manual Writing Down the Bones."—Linda Weltner, The Boston Globe

"The secret of creativity, Natalie Goldberg makes clear, is to subtract rules for writing, not add them. It's a process of 'uneducation' rather than education. Proof that she knows what she's talking about is abundant in her own sentences. They flow with speed and grace and accuracy and simplicity. It looks easy to a reader, but writers know it is the hardest writing of all."—Robert Pirsig, author of Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance

About the Author

Natalie Goldberg is the author of ten books. Writing Down the Bones, her first, has sold over one million copies and has been translated into twelve languages. For the last thirty years she has practiced Zen and taught seminars in writing as a spiritual practice. She lives in New Mexico.


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I purchased this book after it had been recommended to me by several of my writing friends. I was looking forward to sinking my teeth in to it and being inspired. However, after just a few short chapters, I realised that the book lacked substance, was poorly written and, quite often, repetitive. Although Ms. Goldberg is obviously passionate about her writing and has some good exercise suggestions to help get one's creative juices flowing, I was distracted by poor sentence structure and flimsy anecdotes.
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Still one of the best books Goldberg has written. Her latest "The true secret of writing" (tongue in cheek) is also great and something to savour over a longer period of time. Writing Down the Bones boosted my writing tremendously when I was in my twenties; I now make my living as a writer. Her advice stimulates trusting your own mind and using original language.
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What can I say, I believe I've said it all prior. This once again
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I can't recommend Natalie Goldberg's book "Writing Down the Bones" enough. This is a great book and every aspiring writer should take the time and read it.
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