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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (2,409 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Natalie Goldberg Narrator: Natalie Goldberg Publisher: Writer's AudioShop Format: Abridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: December 1999 ISBN:
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Writer, poet, and teacher Natalie Goldberg shows you how to unleash your wild mind - the true source of your creative power. In this crisp mix of memoir, teaching guide, nonfiction and poetry, Goldberg strips creativity to the essential mind that is raw, full of energy, alive, and hungry. Natalie is compassionate, practical, and humorous. Even if it's just a leg hanging out the window, she says, write it down. Highlights include: provocative try this exercises to compel you into action, advice on how to find time to write, how to discover your personal style, how to make sentences come alive, and how to overcome procrastination and writer's block. She'll also explore the larger vision of the writer's task: knowing when to take risks as a writer and a person, learning self-acceptance in life and art. Download and start listening now!

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  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Susan Rose | 1/23/2014

    " This is quite a good instructional book about creative writing with some really good tasks to get into the habit of doing creative writing every day as part of your routine. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sue Seeger | 12/17/2013

    " A great follow-up to "bones". Very worthwhile. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Glenda | 12/12/2013

    " I highly recommend it. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Joan Winnek | 12/8/2013

    " I read parts of these two books to my English classes as starters for ten-minute journal-writing times. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Debbie Petersen | 12/7/2013

    " Since I read Wild Mind and Writing Down the Bones practically at the same time, I have them in my head as one book. One bit of advice helped me with my morning pages, when I am stuck and sitting there knowing I have to write three pages longhand before I get up and feeling completely blank and distracted by everything else I have to get done today (wow...run on sentence!) Simply start with "I remember"...before this, my morning pages were really just daily journaling of complaints and worries, but with "I remember" I was suddenly writing about climbing a tree to read Nancy Drew and how much I hated swim lessons. While I was writing, several deer appeared in my yard looking for food, so I wrote about that. Before I knew it, I was out of Monkey Mind and in full-fledged Wild Mind. I got my copy from the library, but I may have to buy it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Doug Page | 11/9/2013

    " Perfection is not a destination. It's a feeling. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Siggy | 11/5/2013

    " This book came at a good time for me. I like Natalie Goldberg's philosophy and the central metaphor of the wild mind works for me. It's good to be reminded that writing is as much about process as product. I admire Goldberg's searing honesty and humour. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jimmy | 10/26/2013

    " I found it helpful in my writing tutoring work with young students. I found Natalie's difficulty in writing a novel rather interesting. It's almost as if her tips didn't help herself. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Rebecca | 10/21/2013

    " I come back to this book again and again for inspiration to simply get my hand moving across the page. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 LizM | 5/20/2013

    " I liked Writing Down the Bones better, but this was a good read. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jean Marie Angelo | 5/6/2013

    " I had a group of writer friends years ago who met regularly to do these exercises. Was like spiritual food. Highly recommended for anyone living the creative life. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Bonnie | 4/24/2013

    " One of the ten best books on writing. Exercises and reasons for them. Short and sweet, and inspiring. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Linda | 2/18/2013

    " I often pick this book up when I want to stir the writer in me and work on exercises, but -- though I have yet to toss it aside -- it never really inspires me all that much. But it's a quick read and you can pick and choose what parts to review. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Melissa | 12/29/2012

    " Onr of the best books I've read for beginning writers. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 bup | 12/28/2012

    " A continuation of "Writing Down the Bones," in my mind. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kristian | 3/17/2012

    " Goldberg's books make a difference, and can be applied just as easily to living life in general as to writing, which shows she understands how wholistic the process of writing is. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Meg | 1/25/2012

    " a pretty crappy follow-up to her first book. reading this book feels like prolonging the DOING. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Wendy Palmer | 1/12/2012

    " Not meant for my style of writer or writing but it's still an interesting read. Interesting being a word Goldberg bans, along with nice and fun. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Dan Burcea | 9/25/2011

    " 99 percent of random new age and hippie blabbing. You will find 1% of actual good writing tips but I don't think it's worth the trouble. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 PJ Taylor | 8/8/2011

    " I read this book ages ago in college back when i was a wannabe poet/writer and developed a serious crush on NG even attending a wriring retreat she was teaching. I don't know how well it holds up these days, but back then I found it very inspiring and I'll always treasure my autographed copy. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Stephanie | 8/2/2011

    " This is not your average book about writing. It is like a portable therapist for writers, jammed full of writing excersizes. Loved it. Even more than Writing DOwn the Bones (her previous and more popular book). "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Book2dragon | 4/30/2011

    " One of the best writing books. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jean Marie | 4/16/2011

    " I had a group of writer friends years ago who met regularly to do these exercises. Was like spiritual food. Highly recommended for anyone living the creative life. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Ashley | 1/13/2011

    " The first writing book I actually read the whole way through. It has many wonderful writing propmts and the way she tells her story is fantastic. Weaving her life into teaching writing. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Book2dragon | 1/6/2011

    " One of the best writing books. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 bup | 7/14/2010

    " A continuation of "Writing Down the Bones," in my mind. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Karen | 7/12/2010

    " Great book for aspiring writers. Lots of insight and practical tips. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Paulette | 7/9/2010

    " Natalie never fails to inspire me! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kristian | 6/15/2010

    " Goldberg's books make a difference, and can be applied just as easily to living life in general as to writing, which shows she understands how wholistic the process of writing is. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 PJ | 4/8/2010

    " I read this book ages ago in college back when i was a wannabe poet/writer and developed a serious crush on NG even attending a wriring retreat she was teaching. I don't know how well it holds up these days, but back then I found it very inspiring and I'll always treasure my autographed copy. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kris | 3/29/2010

    " Not quite as good as Writing Down the Bones, but a very useful book for creative writers. Contains many good prompts, and helps the reader explore their own writing process. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jennifer | 2/5/2010

    " Perhaps more a book about Zen than about writing, but with interesting insights and thoughts on both. Not a technical or pragmatic book, it's an excellent read for feeling inspired and challenged to write. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Rebecca | 1/24/2010

    " I come back to this book again and again for inspiration to simply get my hand moving across the page. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Phil | 1/3/2010

    " I'm not clear why I bother with Natalie Goldberg's struggling-suffering-Buddhist-Jewish-bohemian-mundane bullshit. This book is utter brain feces put into writing. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Stacey | 1/3/2010

    " So far, I have learned I should take note of my imaginings more often. They are quick to slip away as silverfish through cupped fingertips. Daydreams pass. I will capture more of mine, at least try. "

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