by Natalie Goldberg
“Writing Down the Bones: Freeing the Writer Within” is an intimate approach to the journey of writing. Natalie Goldberg is the author of this book. From a young age, Goldberg was mad for books and reading, and especially loved Carson McCullers’s The Ballad of the Sad Cafe, which she read in ninth grade. She thinks that single book led her eventually to put pen to paper when she was twenty-four years old. Her book “Writing Down the Bones” is an excellent alternative to the more structured approaches such as Julia Cameron’s impressive Artist’s Way series.
For those who prefer more freedom or less structure, this is a perfect choice. The basic six rules Natalie Goldberg offers are easy to follow. The encouragement she offers is uplifting and less intimidating than some authors stress and, in some cases, the demand of those undertaking their approach. Goldberg is a practicing Buddhist and this might put off some readers, but the material transcends any religious belief system. Whether the goal is to become a professional writer or simply a better writer on a personal level, the now classic techniques offer simple and straightforward tools to achieve one’s goal.