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Natalie Goldberg

Wild Mind

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.
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  • Marcie Mata Dcompartió una citahace 2 años
    IT IS CALLED a cut-up. Take some old poems, journal entries, etc., and simply cut apart the lines with a scissors. Now place the lines on a clean sheet of paper, helter-skelter, mixing them up from your different sources. Throw in additional lines from the Yellow Pages, a dictionary, Scientific American. Play around with them, shifting lines, discarding some, adding others. When you have something that pleases you, glue it down on the page.
    You can also do this with a friend, alternating lines from each other’s work.
    It’s good practice. It breaks open the mind.
    Now, do a ten-minute timed writing, but make the topic of each sentence different from the subject of the sentence you just wrote. At first it seems impossible, but then it becomes fun. It is good practice in making your mind nimble and willing to take leaps.
  • Marcie Mata Dcompartió una citahace 2 años
    In his lecture, he said that Zen poems are marked by a feeling of space and also a tinge of sadness.
    I agreed. Sadness comes from the knowledge of impermanence. Everything will eventually pass away. Why be sad? Because we love and no matter how dispassionate we become, we are not ice bricks. We are human beings with feelings.
  • Josue Chincompartió una citahace 2 años
    That’s all a reader really wants”—she nodded her head—“to know the author better. Even if it’s a novel, they want to know the author.”

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