Natalie Goldberg has been exploring the connection between Zen Buddhism and writing for several decades. She has written a number of books on writing, and perhaps Writing Down the Bones – Freeing the Writer Within is her most well-known work.
Write what disturbs you, what you fear, what you have not been willing to speak about. Be willing to be split open
I don’t know why I read books about writing. I don’t write. I will never write. I don’t have a book in me. All I have in me are opinions. With no plot.
Play around. Dive into absurdity and write. Take chances. You will succeed if you are fearless of failure.
I read all these beautiful books, and they all look so effortless. And yet I know that there was mighty effort involved in them.
I don’t think everyone wants to create the great American novel, but we all have a dream of telling our stories-of realizing what we think, feel, and see before we die. Writing is a path to meet ourselves and become intimate.
Well, for me, reading books about writing is like a person who never cooks reading books of recipes, which as Bea Wilson said, are stories of pretend meals. Books about writing are stories of pretend books.
I love them.