Writing Down the Bones: Freeing the Writer Within

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Wherein we discover that many of the "rules" for good writing and good sex are the same: Keep your hand moving, lose control, and don't think. Goldberg brings a touch of both Zen and well… *eroticism* to her writing practice, the latter in exercises and anecdotes designed to ease you into your body, your whole spirit, while you create, the former in being where you are, working with what you have, and writing from the moment.

Product Details

  • Paperback: 171 pages
  • Publisher: Shambhala Publications; 1 edition (October 12, 1986)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0877733759
  • ISBN-13: 978-0877733751
  • Product Dimensions: 5.4 x 0.6 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8.8 ounces

Customer Reviews

Read this if you seriously want to produce. AWESOME!!!

41 people found this helpful.
 on July 18, 2016
By Jeff Richardson
I think the negative reviews on here are missing the bigger picture. So what if she relates writing through the zen mind thing and speaks a lot about spirituality. The point is to ultimately to get your ass in the chair and write. Quit thinking about it and do it. She also elaborates on writing whatever is in your mind…to just let go and let it come out. Think about your favorite writers. Are they real? Does some crazy stuff come out? Look at best selling writers like Stephen King, Dean Koontz, or even the chick that wrote 50 Shades…..did it takes some courage to write what they do? Don’t u think some people think they are crazy? I can remember reading Stephen King’s books and thinking this dude lost his mind. I love Stephen King’s books. Is their writing the same s*** you read everywhere else? They write some pretty real stuff-stuff that only they could come up with. It’s intensely personal, honest and unique to them. They had to dig deep and put down the bones regardless of what others thought. Charles Bukowski comes to mind. Dennis Lehane. James Crumley. Honest, real, raw. Read this book and get down the bones. Stop reading all this how to stuff. Learn writing by doing it. Make it real and personal. People want to read what YOU have to say, not what someone tell you will be a best seller or some dumb s***. Put your heart and soul out there and see what happens. At least you will be sincere and true to yourself and hopefully won’t put the same generic crap that everyone else is putting out there.

My go-to book for any problems I stumble over in …

 on May 2, 2017
By Carol Ann Laferriere
My go-to book for any problems I stumble over in my writing…will probably need a new copy soon, as this one is starting to show its frequent use.


 on September 3, 2017
By Bagheeratwins
My husband writes for The Mad Anthony’s. Either he can’t put this book down, or he’s being kind. But he read it in two days.

Gifted and Inspiring

 on October 6, 2017
By Samuel Clemmons
Natalie is gifted and inspiring, and articulates the struggle, joys and zen-like path to becoming the writer you are.

See and write beyond yourself.

 on June 22, 2015
By YAReader
Ms. Goldberg helped me open up more in my writing, to see things in a different perspective, and even in a deeper way that brings emotion to the reader. I was also encourage that I had already begun to practice in some of the ways she suggested. Quality information that you will continue to go back and review when needed.

This is the book I suggest to beginning writers.

 on August 30, 2017
By B.Olivas
This is the book I suggest to beginning writers. It is a lovely mix of craft and common sense and support

From one generation to the next!

One person found this helpful.
 on May 3, 2015
By Tamera Frederick
I bought a copy of this years ago for me and really have enjoyed it! I have bought this copy for my daughter and she reports she, too, really liked/benefited from it. She actually is in Journalism.


 on March 13, 2017
By Angeli
It gives very useful ideas and exercises to improve writing and overcome writer’s block

The Best!

 on March 6, 2017
By Theda
The best! Practical and useful, yet inspiring as well!

Four Stars

 on August 2, 2017
By Susan J. Farrell
I am working through the steps and learning a lot

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