writing practice by Natalie Goldberg

This one contribution, to practice writing, has influenced thousands, maybe millions, in her book Writing Down the Bones by Natalie Goldberg. 1. Keep your hand moving. 2. Don’t cross out (well that’s hard…might I add, don’t backspace, even harder). 3. Don’t worry about spelling, punctuation, grammar. 4. Lose control. 5. Don’t think. Don’t get logical. … Continue reading


why do you write

“Writing has tremendous energy. If you find a reason for it, any reason, it seems that rather than negate the act of writing, it makes you burn deeper and glow clearer on the page. Ask yourself, why do I write?” Natalie Goldberg If I don’t sell you on Natalie Goldberg’s writing books, then you likely … Continue reading

book reviews / write

finding a writing voice

“ I thought of my own writing career. In my early years I’d written some good poems, even won a fellowship, and had a poetry book published. I wrote about the obvious things: being a Jew, my marriage to a non-Jew, the Holocaust, my grandparents. But I realized…it was when Zen crossed my life that … Continue reading