Writing Down the Bones Book
Score: 4
From 41 Ratings

Writing Down the Bones


  • Author : Natalie Goldberg
  • Publisher : Shambhala Publications
  • Release Date : 2016-02-02
  • Genre: Self-Help
  • Pages : 224
  • ISBN 10 : 0834821133

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Writing Down the Bones Excerpt :

For more than thirty years Natalie Goldberg has been challenging and cheering on writers with her books and workshops. In her groundbreaking first book, she brings together Zen meditation and writing in a new way. Writing practice, as she calls it, is no different from other forms of Zen practice—"it is backed by two thousand years of studying the mind." This thirtieth-anniversary edition includes new forewords by Julia Cameron and Bill Addison. It also includes a new preface in which Goldberg reflects on the enduring quality of the teachings here. She writes, "What have I learned about writing over these thirty years? I’ve written fourteen books, and it’s the practice here in Bones that is the foundation, sustaining and building my writing voice, that keeps me honest, teaches me how to endure the hard times and how to drop below discursive thinking, to taste the real meat of our minds and the life around us."

Writing Down the Bones Book
Score: 4
From 40 Ratings

Writing Down the Bones


  • Author : Natalie Goldberg
  • Publisher : Shambhala Publications
  • Release Date : 2010
  • Genre: Reference
  • Pages : 240
  • ISBN 10 : 1590307941

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Writing Down the Bones Excerpt :

Offers advice on writing creatively, discusses the importance of discipline, and suggests writing exercises.

The Great Spring Book
Score: 4
From 1 Ratings

The Great Spring


  • Author : Natalie Goldberg
  • Publisher : Shambhala Publications
  • Release Date : 2016-02-02
  • Genre: Self-Help
  • Pages : 224
  • ISBN 10 : 9780834840027

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The Great Spring Excerpt :

From beloved writing teacher and author of the best-selling Writing Down the Bones: a treasury of personal stories reflecting a life filled with journeys—inner and outer—zigzagging around the world and home again. Here, Natalie Goldberg, "a writer both energized and enlightened" (Julia Cameron), shares those vivid moments that have wakened her to new ways of being. We follow alongside her mapless meanderings in the New Mexican desert and her pilgrimages to Bob Dylan's birthplace and to Larry McMurtry's dusty Texas ghost town of rare books. We feel her deep hunger while she sits zazen in a monastery in Japan, and her profound loss when she hears of the passing of a dear friend while teaching in the French countryside. Through it all, she remains grounded in a life informed by two constants: the practices of writing and of Zen. With humor and insight, Natalie encircles around the essential questions these paths compel her toward: Where does this life lead? Who are we? This is a book to be relished one awakening at a time. Each story is a reminder that no matter how hard the situation or desolate you may feel, spring will come again, breaking through a cold winter, bringing early yellow forsythia flowers. And the Great Spring of enlightenment—that sudden rush of acceptance, pain cracking open, obstructions shattering—will also burst forth.

Thunder and Lightning Book
Score: 4.5
From 2 Ratings

Thunder and Lightning


  • Author : Natalie Goldberg
  • Publisher : Open Road Media
  • Release Date : 2011-07-26
  • Genre: Self-Help
  • Pages : 228
  • ISBN 10 : 9781453224571

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Thunder and Lightning Excerpt :

Guidance on how to turn those flashes of inspiration into finished pieces, from the author of Writing Down the Bones and Wild Mind. Any writer may find himself or herself with an abundance of raw material, but it takes patience and care to turn this material into finished stories, essays, poems, novels, and memoirs. Referencing her own experiences both as a writer and as a student of Zen, Natalie provides insight into the struggles and demands of turning ideas into concrete form. Her guidance addresses ways to overcome writer’s block, deal with the fear of criticism and rejection, get the most from working with an editor, and improve one’s writing by reading accomplished authors. She communicates this with her characteristic humor and compassion, and a deep respect for writing as an act of celebration. This ebook features an illustrated biography of Natalie Goldberg, including rare photos and never-before-seen documents from the author’s personal collection.

Long Quiet Highway Book
Score: 4.5
From 4 Ratings

Long Quiet Highway


  • Author : Natalie Goldberg
  • Publisher : Open Road Media
  • Release Date : 2011-07-26
  • Genre: Biography & Autobiography
  • Pages : 248
  • ISBN 10 : 9781453224601

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Long Quiet Highway Excerpt :

The author of Writing Down the Bones shares her story of self-discovery through Zen Buddhism, in “beautiful and simple prose” (Library Journal). In this autobiographical work, Natalie Goldberg takes us on a journey from her suburban childhood to her maturation as a writer. From the high-school classroom where she first listened to the rain, to her fifteen years as a student of Zen Buddhism, Natalie Goldberg’s path is by turns illuminating, disciplined, heartbreaking, hilarious, and healing. Along the way she reflects on her life and work in prose that is both elegant and precise, reminding the reader of what it means to be fully alive. This ebook features an illustrated biography of Natalie Goldberg, including rare photos and never-before-seen documents from the author’s personal collection.

Writing Down Your Soul Book

Writing Down Your Soul


  • Author : Janet Conner
  • Publisher : Mango Media Inc.
  • Release Date : 2021-07-13
  • Genre: Self-Help
  • Pages : 268
  • ISBN 10 : 9781642504767

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Writing Down Your Soul Excerpt :

Write to Explore Your Deep Spiritual Soul “…if you think this book is not for you because you are a writer and don’t need another writing book, think again!” —Sherry Richert Belul, author of Say it Now #1 Best Seller in New Age & Spirituality, Graphology, Parapsychology “I am a writer. Today I write.” These are the opening lines in the Writing Blessing that author Janet Conner has spoken daily since 2007. Journal-writing and divine dialogue. Janet Conner is a writer, poet, and spiritual field guide, but first and always a deep spiritual soul explorer. Since she discovered how to activate a divine Voice by slipping into the theta brain wave state (the border between the conscious and the subconscious) while writing, Janet has dedicated herself to exploring and sharing what it means to live at the vibrant intersection of the visible and the invisible. Your healing inner voice. After hitting rock bottom while escaping domestic abuse, Janet’s inner voice told her to start writing. As she wrote, she gained clarity and strength, and felt an incredible connection to the divine. Miracles began to happen. Today, research scientists are providing peeks into consciousness and how it works. Their findings give intriguing clues about what is happening in and through our bodies, minds, and spirits as we roll pen across paper. Writing Down Your Soul explores this research and instructs how to access the power and beauty of our deepest selves. Life-changing power of writing. Of all the ways to get in touch with God, why take the time to write? One reason: it works. It works amazingly well. If you want to engage in a vibrant conversation with the wisdom that dwells just below your conscious awareness, write. Write every day, at approximately the same time, with passion, honesty, and the intention of speaking with and listening to the voice within. You liked Expressive Writing, Opening Up by Writing It Down, or Writing as a Path to Awakening? You’ll love Writing Dow

Old Friend from Far Away Book
Score: 4
From 5 Ratings

Old Friend from Far Away


  • Author : Natalie Goldberg
  • Publisher : Simon and Schuster
  • Release Date : 2009-03-10
  • Genre: Biography & Autobiography
  • Pages : 336
  • ISBN 10 : 9781416535034

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Old Friend from Far Away Excerpt :

In her first book to focus solely on writing since her classic work "Writing Down the Bones," Goldberg reaffirms her status as one of the foremost teachers by redefining the practice of writing memoir.

Three Simple Lines Book

Three Simple Lines


  • Author : Natalie Goldberg
  • Publisher : New World Library
  • Release Date : 2020-12-29
  • Genre: Literary Criticism
  • Pages : 176
  • ISBN 10 : 9781608686971

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Three Simple Lines Excerpt :

One of the world's foremost writing teachers invites readers on a joyful journey into the reading and origins of haiku A haiku is three simple lines. But it is also, as Allen Ginsberg put it, three lines that "make the mind leap." A good one, he said, lets the mind experience "a small sensation of space which is nothing less than God." As many spiritual practices seek to do, the haiku's spare yet acute noticing of the immediate and often ordinary grounds the reader in the pure awareness of now. Natalie Goldberg is a delightfully companionable tour guide into this world. She highlights the history of the form, dating back to the seventeenth century; shows why masters such as Basho and Issa are so revered; discovers Chiyo-ni, an important woman haiku master; and provides insight into writing and reading haiku. A fellow seeker who travels to Japan to explore the birthplace of haiku, Goldberg revels in everything she encounters, including food and family, painting and fashion, frogs and ponds. She also experiences and allows readers to share in the spontaneous and profound moments of enlightenment and awakening that haiku promises.

The True Secret of Writing Book
Score: 4.5
From 2 Ratings

The True Secret of Writing


  • Author : Natalie Goldberg
  • Publisher : Simon and Schuster
  • Release Date : 2014-02-11
  • Genre: Language Arts & Disciplines
  • Pages : 256
  • ISBN 10 : 9781451641257

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The True Secret of Writing Excerpt :

The author draws on her teaching background to share new writing guidelines and outline the steps for a personal or group writing retreat, providing coverage of such topics as working in silence and writing without criticism.

Let the Whole Thundering World Come Home Book
Score: 4
From 1 Ratings

Let the Whole Thundering World Come Home


  • Author : Natalie Goldberg
  • Publisher : Shambhala Publications
  • Release Date : 2018-06-05
  • Genre: Biography & Autobiography
  • Pages : 192
  • ISBN 10 : 9780834841581

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Let the Whole Thundering World Come Home Excerpt :

A powerful memoir from Natalie Golderg--the woman who changed the way writing is taught in this country--sharing her experience with cancer grounded in her practice of writing and Zen. Let the Whole Thundering World Come Home begins at the grave of Katagiri Roshi, Natalie's Zen teacher, in Japan. Twenty years after Katagiri's death and Natalie's return to New Mexico, she is permanently settled in Santa Fe with her partner, Yukwan. Except that, as Buddhism teaches us, nothing is permanent. Natalie learns that she has CLL, a potentially fatal form of blood cancer. For two years, Natalie dances with her cancer--visiting doctor after doctor, attempting treatment after treatment. Nothing helps; in fact, one of the treatments only feeds the cancer and encourages its growth. Then Natalie's partner, Yukwan discovers that she, too, has cancer--breast cancer--as well as an off-the-charts oncotype score that requires her to have surgery immediately. The cancer twins, as Natalie calls herself and Yukwan, now must each navigate her own illness, carve out her own cancer territory. Each can provide only limited emotional and physical energy for the other. And, somehow, they both need to find a way to stay together, to stay in love--and to heal. As the title expresses, Let the Whole Thundering World Come Home is so much more than a cancer memoir. Through a direct and grounded narrative, Natalie illuminates a path through illness: that we need to be in love with the lives we have, to embrace the dark and the light in our lives. For Natalie, writing and painting represent the light, and her cancer takes her deeper into her art practices. Balanced with a Zen practice that helps to her face death, this book is a moving meditation on living life in full bloom.

Wild Mind Book
Score: 3.5
From 7 Ratings

Wild Mind


  • Author : Natalie Goldberg
  • Publisher : Open Road Media
  • Release Date : 2011-07-26
  • Genre: Self-Help
  • Pages : 250
  • ISBN 10 : 9781453224595

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Wild Mind Excerpt :

Set your creativity free with a writing guide that “wakes you up like a cross between morning coffee and a friendly Zen master” (Jack Kornfield). Natalie Goldberg, author of the bestselling Writing Down the Bones, shares her invaluable insight into writing as a source of creative power, and the daily ins and outs of the writer’s task. Topics include balancing mundane responsibilities with a commitment to writing; knowing when to take risks as a writer and a human being; coming to terms with success, failure, and loss; and learning self-acceptance—both in life and art. Thought-provoking and practical, Wild Mind provides an abundance of suggestions for keeping the writing life vital and active, and includes more than thirty provocative “try this” exercises as jump-starters to get your pen moving. This ebook features an illustrated biography of Natalie Goldberg, including rare photos and never-before-seen documents from the author’s personal collection.

Banana Rose Book
Score: 3
From 2 Ratings

Banana Rose


  • Author : Natalie Goldberg
  • Publisher : Open Road Media
  • Release Date : 2011-07-26
  • Genre: Fiction
  • Pages : 376
  • ISBN 10 : 9781453224588

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Banana Rose Excerpt :

From the author of Writing Down the Bones: This novel about a Brooklyn-born woman’s self-reinvention in Taos, New Mexico, “explodes with wit and vision” (Indianapolis News). Nell Schwartz is a Brooklyn-born Jewish girl who reinvents herself in the communes of Taos, renaming herself Banana Rose—because she’s “bananas.” But Nell struggles with her inner fears and desires, the demands of the artist’s life, and the irrepressible call of home. While living in New Mexico, Nell falls in love with and marries a free-spirited horn player named Gauguin. They travel east to experience city life, and then to the Midwest to be closer to family, but their tempestuous relationship cools as Nell’s free-spiritedness and Jewishness seem under constant scrutiny. For solace, Nell turns to her friend Anna, a writer who teaches Nell what it means to be an artist. Nell is slowly transformed by love, loss, and art, gaining a new sense of self. This ebook features an illustrated biography of Natalie Goldberg, including rare photos and never-before-seen documents from the author’s personal collection.

Reading Like a Writer Book
Score: 4
From 44 Ratings

Reading Like a Writer


  • Author : Francine Prose
  • Publisher : Union Books
  • Release Date : 2012-04-01
  • Genre: Biography & Autobiography
  • Pages : 304
  • ISBN 10 : 9781908526144

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Reading Like a Writer Excerpt :

DIV In her entertaining and edifying New York Times bestseller, acclaimed author Francine Prose invites you to sit by her side and take a guided tour of the tools and tricks of the masters to discover why their work has endured. Written with passion, humour and wisdom, Reading Like a Writer will inspire readers to return to literature with a fresh eye and an eager heart – to take pleasure in the long and magnificent sentences of Philip Roth and the breathtaking paragraphs of Isaac Babel; to look to John le Carré for a lesson in how to advance plot through dialogue and to Flannery O’Connor for the cunning use of the telling detail; to be inspired by Emily Brontë’s structural nuance and Charles Dickens’s deceptively simple narrative techniques. Most importantly, Prose cautions readers to slow down and pay attention to words, the raw material out of which all literature is crafted, and reminds us that good writing comes out of good reading. /div

Bird by Bird Book
Score: 4
From 133 Ratings

Bird by Bird


  • Author : Anne Lamott
  • Publisher : Anchor
  • Release Date : 2007-12-18
  • Genre: Language Arts & Disciplines
  • Pages : 272
  • ISBN 10 : 9780307424983

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Bird by Bird Excerpt :

From the acclaimed New York Times bestselling author: An essential volume for generations of writers young and old. The twenty-fifth anniversary edition of this modern classic will continue to spark creative minds for years to come. For a quarter century, more than a million readers—scribes and scribblers of all ages and abilities—have been inspired by Anne Lamott’s hilarious, big-hearted, homespun advice. Advice that begins with the simple words of wisdom passed down from Anne’s father—also a writer—in the iconic passage that gives the book its title: “Thirty years ago my older brother, who was ten years old at the time, was trying to get a report on birds written that he’d had three months to write. It was due the next day. We were out at our family cabin in Bolinas, and he was at the kitchen table close to tears, surrounded by binder paper and pencils and unopened books on birds, immobilized by the hugeness of the task ahead. Then my father sat down beside him, put his arm around my brother’s shoulder, and said, ‘Bird by bird, buddy. Just take it bird by bird.’”

The Artist s Way Book
Score: 5
From 3 Ratings

The Artist s Way


  • Author : Julia Cameron
  • Publisher : Penguin
  • Release Date : 2002-03-04
  • Genre: Self-Help
  • Pages : 272
  • ISBN 10 : 9781101156889

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The Artist s Way Excerpt :

"Without The Artist's Way, there would have been no Eat, Pray, Love.” —Elizabeth Gilbert The Artist’s Way is the seminal book on the subject of creativity. An international bestseller, millions of readers have found it to be an invaluable guide to living the artist’s life. Still as vital today—or perhaps even more so—than it was when it was first published twenty five years ago, it is a powerfully provocative and inspiring work. Julia Cameron reflects upon the impact of The Artist’s Way and shares additional insights into the creative process that she has gained. Updated and expanded, this anniversary edition reframes The Artist’s Way for today's creatives.