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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (11,194 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Natalie Goldberg Narrator: Natalie Goldberg Publisher: Sounds True Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: December 1999 ISBN:
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What is writing? Can anybody do it? What's the best way to get started? And keep going? Over a decade ago, when Writing Down the Bones first appeared, Natalie Goldberg started a revolution in the way we practice writing. Instead of looking at writing as something open only to a few, she made it available to everybody. Her simple, ingenious exercises set free a generation of writers waiting to experience the inner and outer pleasures only writing can provide. Now, for the first time, Goldberg reads her classic work, while offering new commentary about the creative, spiritual, and practical dimensions of writing. This collector's edition also includes an exclusive interview with the author. Download and start listening now!

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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Simon Dingle | 2/14/2014

    " One the most enduring books I have read and certainly my favourite example of writing about writing. I listened to this as an audio book, read by Goldberg herself who reflects back on her original work and adds new insights. Brilliant, reassuring, empowering and emotional. Anyone who writes should read this. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jana | 2/7/2014

    " i'm currently re-reading this book. sometimes it is an escape from writing to read a book about writing :) but it also helps alot. she offers practical ideas and motivations for writing. really really good! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Heather Ingemar | 2/6/2014

    " Fabulous book! While written mostly for poets, Ms. Goldberg has some wonderful insights into the craft of writing and how our mind works. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Diane Challenor | 1/27/2014

    " I've listened to this book over a long period, savouring every chapter, not wanting it to finish. I slowly absorbed each chapter like it was a delicious fruit flan. I loved it so much that I've just purchased the printed version just so I can have it on my bookshelf, waiting for me to dip into it whenever I please. Great book, great advice, wonderfully generous author. Am I gushing, well what the heck, I love the book. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Amy D | 1/25/2014

    " always helps me to start writing again "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Michelle Fajkus | 1/20/2014

    " Simple, straightforward advice and antecdotes on incorporating zen into writing practices of all kinds. I loved it!! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Barb | 1/10/2014

    " One of the best books on writing I've ever seen, because she approaches it in such an organic and holistic way. She encourages you to BECOME the writer, not as an aspiration but as a reality. And then she teaches you to SEE and HEAR and TASTE your life. Not a bad directive for anyone! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Julia Rose Grey | 1/10/2014

    " This is an excellent book for those who want to get the words out. It is not in a how-to format, that is with exercises that make you feel that you don't quite have the writing-magic yet. Goldberg's words touch your soul so you feel that you can get your thoughts down. I read this book every year during the holidays and winter so I can keep focused on what is important in my writing. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 James Stout | 1/4/2014

    " If you're an aspiring writer, Writing Down the Bones is good inspiration. She also gives some very good practical advice. All of this is coupled with her Buddhism and Judaism philosophical mixture. I liked it enough to try another book of hers: Wild Mind. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kathleen Diermier | 1/3/2014

    " I listened to this book and loved it. I was amazed at how effective the 10 minute writing exercise turned out to be. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Christine | 12/29/2013

    " Going to buy this book "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Liz | 12/29/2013

    " Introduced to me in my first college English class, this one taught me that writing is however I want to do it, whenever, wherever. That was very valuable and yes, freeing(like the subtitle says) for me, a "rule follower" from a young age. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Judith | 12/16/2013

    " If you are a writer, or want to be a writer, read this book! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Wilma Rebstock | 12/5/2013

    " Read this very good book years ago and need to revisit it. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Mari | 11/30/2013

    " ooohh i loved this book...i loved the writing exercises that it talked about in it!!!!!!!! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Melissa | 11/30/2013

    " It's been years since I read this book and I fear I gave it away in a fit of zen-like purging. The only non-required writing I've done through the years is journaling and this book helped me transform that outlet into a creative and meditative practice. Hmm. I should probably pick up another copy. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Dawna | 11/14/2013

    " I've read bits and pieces from this one. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Janice | 10/2/2013

    " My first writing practice book! I learned much from Ms. Goldberg's writings. I would recommend any writer in any definition of the word to read and practice writing with Natalie. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Joanna (J.F.Penn) | 6/25/2013

    " I read this book again every few years. I love it. It takes me back to the fundamentals of writing & gives me pages of notes , thoughts, lines of poetry & my own inspiration and memory. A must for all writers. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Melissa Hicks | 3/8/2013

    " Keep your hand moving across the page and be authentic. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lori | 2/26/2013

    " An inspiring read! One of my favorite books to help kick start the creative process. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Susan Gardner | 2/18/2013

    " I was at a reading when this was new. Lovely book and very useful, especially for a committed writer who has not yet considered Goldberg's teaching methods and philosophy. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Elisabeth | 2/12/2013

    " This is a good one, especially I think for the poet. Simple, honest, straightforward, and clear. A worthwhile read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Bernd | 6/29/2012

    " Another of Goldber's useful motivating books on writing "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Bonnie Barnes | 5/26/2012

    " good practical book on writing "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Rachel Chesko | 4/2/2012

    " A book about writing that taught me so much about life. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Stephanie | 3/6/2012

    " This book is full is wisdom, really about life, though its written about the practice of writing (a zen approach to writing). I enjoyed its straight-forward style. I found it a slow read, but worthwhile. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Erin Lyndal | 2/11/2012

    " A classic, especially for those who think that writers are born and never made. Also good for freeing writers from thinking they must produce a novel, a short story, a memoir, etc. and helping them just get into the practice of writing. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 lincoln | 11/13/2011

    " Although I was concerned that the spiritual leaning was going to distract me, I thought the book was a good read and it made me realize that there are certain things I do that will never allow me to write the way I want. Now that I know, I can change it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jean | 5/28/2011

    " As an aspiring writer who thinks that her work is mediocre at best, Goldberg's message is that if I write, then I am a writer. Everything I write doesn't have to be of Pulitzer Prize quality. A commitment to writing is all that is required. The rest will come if it is meant to be. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mark | 5/28/2011

    " Wonderful thoughts on the writing process. Found a few things there that I'd never considered before. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Clara | 5/16/2011

    " This is my mentor! If I could I'd give her 10 stars :) "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Meg | 5/14/2011

    " One of the best writing books out there. This book changed my life, no questions asked. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Melinda | 5/11/2011

    " It is helping, plus making me laugh.. that's always good "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Therese | 5/1/2011

    " i love this book! i am in NM then MN with natalie "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Katherine | 4/21/2011

    " Once upon a time this book changed my life. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Allie | 4/11/2011

    " Read it during my graduate program. I loved the writing exercises and this book had great insight into what writing was really about... "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Cara | 4/5/2011

    " A very fun and insightful book on writing. The toliet poem (I think was a poem and not pros) was hilarious. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ryan | 4/4/2011

    " 3 1/2. There were a few really good nuggets of wisdom. I don't know, somehow I expected more though. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Karla | 4/3/2011

    " Fun, informative, perfect for reading a little at a time. Writing prompts, exercises, and wisdom. What fun! "

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