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Wild Mind: Living the Writer's Life

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"Wild Mind" is for everyone who writes or wants to write. Natalie Goldberg teaches a Zen-like method that will take you straight to the source of ... Show synopsis

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Overall customer rating: 5.000
Katz

Inspiration for Writing and Life

by Katz on Jun 30, 2008

This is a book I return to over and over again when I'm 'stuck' as a writer or 'stuck' in my life. The book is sixty two short essays relating snapshots from the authors life and her struggles and triumphs as a writer and as a teacher. 'Try This ' sections give you ideas about how to start, improve or expand your writing projects. The author is clearly a born teacher as well as a writer and the 'Try This ' sections are often chirpily upbeat, however the book is tempered by the author's honesty in relating her own failings and blocks and it feels that she does know this stuff from the inside. I almost said she 'really' knows this stuff from the inside but in the chapter' Very and Really' Goldberg says using 'really' sounds as though you don't trust people's attention, 'someone is either listening or not. We don't have to get them to 'really' do it.' She goes on to say 'we can just settle back in our bodies and write, neither hiding or reaching out. ' This is a typical example of how she views her craft and what she wants to pass on to readers. Her philosophy is based in her long term practice in Zen meditation and her relationship with her Zen master Katagiri Roshi which gives her writing an economy of style, she is teaches that less is more both by example and instruction. However 'Wild Mind' is not a spare minimalist book , its filled with her relationships with friends, students and people she just bumps into and she describes traveling widely for workshops and readings, but I come away with a real desire to go to Taos where she is based and where she likes to sit in local cafes for her writing practice . Taos, New Mexico is like an ongoing character in the book, a place that welcomes artists and has space for the counter culture, alternative education, houses built out of recycled material, and of course lots and lots of cafes for scribbling writers to shelter in. I recommend it whether you write or not because it tells the truth about being afraid and overcoming your fears with creativity and I ****** think that a good thing to know about.

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