Mar 1, 2013

The True Secret of Writing by Natalie Goldberg

Friday 56 Rules:
*Grab a book, any book.
*Turn to page 56 or 56% in your eReader  *Find any sentence, (or few, just don't spoil it) that grabs you.
*Post it.
*Add your (url) post in Linky at Freda's Voice. Add the post url, not your blog url. It's that simple. 

Setting Up
In Part Two I want to give you the nitty-gritty of a formal True Secret Retreat. All my practice with Katagiri Roshi in the zendo had to do with attention to detail, the physicality of actually doing one thing after another, taking it in with the body: bow, sit, stand, clean cushion, walk, chant, eat soup in the first bowl, salad with the chopsticks in the middle bowl, a pickle in the third bowl. Clean bowls with hot water, drink the water (nothing goes to waste), wrap bowls in napkin and put away. (p. 57)
Publisher's description: Sit. Walk. Write. These are the barest bones of Natalie Goldberg’s revolutionary writing and life practice, which she presents here in book form for the first time. A whole new slant on writing that she developed since the publication of her classic, Writing Down the Bones.... The capstone to forty years of teaching, The True Secret of Writing will inspire you to pick up the pen, get writing, and keep going.

The True Secret of Writing by Natalie Goldberg
Release date: March 19, 2013; Atria Book
Source: publisher


  1. Sounds like an interesting book. Friday 56 is a fun way to find intriguing new books with a twist to the usual synopsis.

    Thoughts in Progress

  2. I like the calm feeling that this passage gave me. Everything seems so organized and quiet.

  3. Sounds to be a very interesting read indeed.

  4. Fab "56"! This passage reminds me to observe.

  5. I love the Friday 56 idea. I wish that I had more time as I would participate.

    Very interesting passage quoted here.

  6. That's a great snippet from The True Secret of Writing. It sounds good! Happy reading :)

  7. This sounds interesting. That is a lot of etiquette to remember.
    Thanks for sharing!
    My Friday 56

  8. Sounds intriguing....I really like the cover, too.


  9. I read Writing Down the Bones years ago and really loved it. Thanks for sharing this with us.

  10. No way ... a new Natalie Goldberg book??!! Must. Get.

    Thanks for letting us know about this!


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