Tag Archives: Natalie Goldberg

In Heaven

“As every author — and every reader — knows, writing well is the best trip of all.” Gore Vidal “Don’t even worry about writing ‘well’ ; just writing is heaven.” Natalie Goldberg, Writing Down the Bones When we sit down … Continue reading

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Wise Whisperers

For some reason, I was inspired to take a peek at a gathering of writers’ quotes I enjoy. When I did, I found myself uplifted, so I thought I’d share some of them with you: “In the middle of the … Continue reading

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Cracking Open

“We think in sentences, and the way we think is the way we see. If we think in the structure subject/verb/direct-object, then that is how we form our world. By cracking open that syntax, we release energy and are able … Continue reading

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Wise Women

In honor of Women’s History Month, I’ve gathered a cornucopia of favorite quotes to inspire and energize us all: “Inspiration usually comes during work, not before it.” Madeleine L’Engle “In the middle of the world, make one positive step. In … Continue reading

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Being There

In a playwriting class that I took for many years, over and over, our instructor Mick would remind us that “action precedes explanation.” This is basically just another way of saying, “show don’t tell.” When you’re writing a play, this … Continue reading

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Timely Tipster

Fan flash: Writing Down the Bones by Natalie Goldberg is one of my favorite books on the storyteller’s craft. My copy is well-thumbed and marked up and I often turn to it for inspiration when penning my posts.Natalie has a … Continue reading

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Ordinary, Extraordinary

“We must remember that everything is ordinary and extraordinary. It is our minds that open or close….Go so deep into something that you understand its interpenetration with all things. Then automatically the detail is imbued with the cosmic; they are … Continue reading

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Summoning Worlds

“The deepest secret in our heart of hearts is that we are writing because we love the world.” Natalie Goldberg In her wonderful guide, The Right to Write, Julia Cameron has a chapter simply titled “Happiness.” In it she shares … Continue reading

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Psychic Space

“A perfect studio has always told me that the person is afraid of his own mind and is reflecting in his outward space an inward need for control. Creativity is just the opposite: it is a loss of control.” Natalie … Continue reading

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Deep Listening

“Be submissive to everything. Open. Listening.” Jack Kerouac To loosen up some mental and physical cobwebs, I’ve been taking a yoga class with a wonderful instructor named Rebecca. She has a very elegant way of using words to describe different … Continue reading

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