Friday, August 7, 2009
**************I'm rereading a tiny book that I originally read in December of 2006. Its title is WRITING DOWN THE BONES; the author is Natalie Goldberg.
If the thought of writing intrigues you but you're apprehensive to start, I suggest you get your hands on this two by three by one inch volume. Perhaps this masterpiece is available in other forms but mine is the Shambhala Pocket Classics version. I forgot to mention, the words "Freeing the Writer Within" are printed below the book title on the cover.
Ann Linquist, instructor of Beginning Writer's Workshop (an ed2go online class) included WRITING DOWN THE BONES on her recommended reading list. Unlike some books on writing, Natalie's motivates and inspires possible writers to pick up their pens and put words on paper. She doesn't teach the technical rules and mechanics of the process; she encourages readers to give themselves a chance to pursue their dreams.
If you're looking for the courage to begin to write, for the benefits of writing and even for the motivation to continue writing if you're discouraged, I hope you'll pick up a copy of WRITING DOWN THE BONES.
A handful of the chapter titles included are: Beginner's Mind, Pen and Paper; Man Eats Car; Writing is not a McDonald's Hamburger; Be Specific; Be an Animal; Write Anyplace; Blue Lipstick and a Cigarette Hanging Out Your Mouth; Rereading and Rewriting; and I Don't Want to Die. As the titles indicate, Natalie writes with knowledge and humor.
I believe Natalie has the power in her words to convince anyone to write, even those who don't have any desire to do so. She makes the reader feel like it's as essential as breathing. For those of us who write regularly, we're at odds if we're unable to put our thoughts and feelings into words on paper or elsewhere.
I've reached page 23 of the 305 pages as I reread Goldberg's book. It's been 3 years since I initially nestled it in my hands and felt Natalie's passion so it's a extremely pleasant experience once again.
Have you read it or do you think you will?