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Wild Mind: Living the Writer's Life
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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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on December 7, 2001
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. She, in her short 62 chapters, explains how a writer lives and ideas to remember while writing. One useful point of information was to always set yourself in that place or what about a place similar to what you are sitting in at the current moment. By doing this you will add more emotion and description and your readers will take more notice in the details to feel as if they are there also.
She includes, at the end of almost every chapter, a try this section. In the try this sections, she offers skill building, if you chose to follow them. Some will take only 5 minutes, some up to two hours to complete if you are dedicated. These are a bit helpful; however, most of them seem to try to overcome writer's block.
Although this book contains many to live by rules of writing, it is more biographical if anything. You learn about her life than you do skills of how to be a good writer. If you are already a writer or thinking of becoming one, this book is an excellent choice. She offers morale and encouragement throughout her stories with her own hardships and realizations. However, if you are looking for a book to help teach you how to be a good writer, then you should look elsewhere.
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on October 14, 1999
The first part of this book was really marvelous, then she started on "True Confessions." If I had known I wouldn't have bought this book. Sex life and preferences should be kept personal and not published, at least not in a book about writing advice. It was totally out of context and had no value at all! I would have given even less stars, but the beginning really is good.
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