Monday, January 10, 2011

Review: Writing Down the Bones

Writing Down the BonesWriting Down the Bones by Natalie Goldberg

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This is one of the more well-known books about writing out there, and for good reason. The author really knows her stuff. For me, who writes from a more analytical viewpoint, it was nice having that free-spirited ideal jabbed at me to help me expand my horizons a bit. I'll admit many of the things she writes are a little "left wing hippy-ish" for me, but the way she ties them to writing is effective, and at least for me, much needed opposition to the way I think.

I think I will re-read this book over the next year, taking one of her chapters (which are really just free-writes) and use the topic and method she describes per chapter as a basis for my daily free-write. I hope to use these exercises to improve my writing.

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