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The True Secret of Writing

Connecting Life with Language
Paperback Book
Atria Books
February, 2014
$22.99 CAD
Banyen's Description: 

Natalie Goldberg’s Writing Down the Bones has reached—and touched, and taught—millions of readers and writers. Now this Zenny beloved teacher reveals new breakthrough writing guidance as she recounts profound lessons she has learned from a lifetime of teaching and practice.

Sit. Walk. Write.” These are the barest bones of Natalie Goldberg’s revolutionary writing and life practice, which she details in The True Secret of Writing, her first book on the silent intensives she has taught for over a decade in small groups in Taos, New Mexico. This is a whole new slant on writing since her perennial bestseller, Writing Down the Bones—and it’s now available to everyone. With luminous reflections on the rich life of the mind and heart that writing awakens, Goldberg guides readers through their own personal or group retreat, illuminating the steps of sitting in silent open mind, walking anchored to the earth, and writing without criticism

Make no mistake: the practice in this book is not limited to any sect or religion or creative urge. It’s for everyone, and it can feed and enrich whatever religion, occupation, bent of mind, or situation you find yourself in.

The one important element that I have added to a traditional meditation retreat is writing. Thus, sitting, walking, writing, are all moments of practice. The quietest, deepest sits I’ve experienced have included writing.

Just as Goldberg cuts through her students' resistance with her no-nonsense instructions—”Shut up and write”—The True Secret of Writing cuts to the core of self-understanding and connecting with the world.

The capstone to four decades of teaching, The True Secret of Writing is Goldberg’s Zen boot camp, her legacy teaching. Its stories of her students’ breakthroughs and insights give moving testament to how brilliantly her unique, tough-love method works.

“All people have something of value to voice.” Sit. Walk. Write. That’s the true secret.

Publisher’s Description: 

The beloved teacher and author of the million-and-a-half copy bestseller Writing Down the Bones reveals a new method of writing in a priceless distillation of her accumulated wisdom and experience as a writer, coach, and instructor on mindfulness (Abraham Verghese).

Sit. Walk. Write. These are the barest bones of Natalie Goldbergs revolutionary writing and life practice, presented here in book form for the first time. The True Secret of Writing is Goldbergs Zen boot camp. Stories of her own search for truth and clarity, as well as her students breakthroughs and insights, give moving testament to how brilliantly her unique, tough-love method works. As Goldberg says, To write is to be empowered.Writing is not just for someone who wants to write the great American novel. Learning the true secret allows you to mine the rich awareness in your mind and to ground and empower yourself in a way that leads to deep, eloquent self-expression. Goldbergs profound insights and beautiful homages to the work of other great teachers and observers of mind, life, and love provide further secrets and inspiration to which you will return again and again.

In her inimitable way, Goldberg will inspire you to pick up the pen, get writing, and keep going. The True Secret of Writing helps you with your writingand your life. A uniquely delivered approach to writing....A pleasantly meditative, intuitive writing guide (Kirkus Reviews).

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