- 出版社: Shambhala; New edition (2005年12月6日)
- 平装: 224页
- 语种： 英语
- ISBN: 1590302613
- 条形码: 9781590302613
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Writing Down the Bones: Freeing the Writer Within (英语) 平装 – 2005年12月6日
"I'm convinced that none of the writers of my acquaintance can go another day without a copy of Natalie Goldberg's magical manual Writing Down the Bones."—Linda Weltner, The Boston Globe
"The secret of creativity, Natalie Goldberg makes clear, is to subtract rules for writing, not add them. It's a process of 'uneducation' rather than education. Proof that she knows what she's talking about is abundant in her own sentences. They flow with speed and grace and accuracy and simplicity. It looks easy to a reader, but writers know it is the hardest writing of all."—Robert Pirsig, author of Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance
Natalie Goldberg is the author of ten books. Writing Down the Bones, her first, has sold over one million copies and has been translated into twelve languages. For the last thirty years she has practiced Zen and taught seminars in writing as a spiritual practice. She lives in New Mexico.
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She is not Stephen King, Ray Bradbury, Lawrence Block, Mary Karr or Jane Smiley. Those are all authors who took time from their busy novel-writing careers to reach back and coach those who also wish to carry that particular baton.
Who Natalie Goldberg is centers around her two main identities - as a zen practitioner and as an instructor of writing mindset. She is about preparing a writer or writing student for a life of production, either commercial or personal (journal?). Reading WRITING DOWN THE BONES (her 1986 maiden voyage), or any of her several other instructional works, you become familiar with her all-in discipline of "writing practice" binge sessions in which adherants tear through as much ink and paper as possible, free of self-editing or even penmanship. Her rules are brutal: hand keeps moving, no crossing out, forget spelling, and losing control of your inner editor. Don't think, she says, go for the jugular.
There are critics and negative reviewers who fault Goldberg as self-centered because so much of her instructions are classroom anecdotes or daily incidents (or insights about her guru Katagiri Roshi). But such criticisms miss the point. If Buddhist discipline and writing are taught together there must be a dynamic. The hand moves as the nunchuku must fly from the guiding force of spirit, sure and unquestioned.
So understanding that Mz Goldberg is teaching the physicality of writing, the chi of productivity. This informs the reader that undertaking the writer's life is best done with a sturdy pen and a spiral notebook, not a dipp'd quill and length of parchment.