Excerpt from Success, Your Path to a Successful Book. by Maralyn D. Hill and Brenda C. Hill.
Another favorite author, whom we urge all new writers to read early in the process, is Natalie Goldberg. Her famous book, Writing Down the Bones, known as bones in the writing industry, is, to us, The Bible.
Here is a workshop exercise she taught us:
- Open your laptop or take a paper and pen, name a subject, for example… the worst day of my life was, or, the happiest moment I ever experienced was when…
- Now write, do not think. Do not the stop the pen from moving, no punctuation, spaces, paragraphs, just nonstop writing from the core of your gut, or heart. No stopping by your brain.
Stop reading right now and try it. At first you will ache to put in a period, or stop to read it over. Just keep truckin’. Stop when you said what you felt – a paragraph or a page. Now take a breath. You are exhilarated… maybe exhausted, but you are free!
The best part – this may be the best writing you have ever done. You are writing down to your bones.
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