The True Secret of Writing: Connecting Life With Language

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The True Secret of Writing: Connecting Life With Language

Format:  Hardcover,

236 pages

Publisher: Pocket Books

Publish Date: Mar 2013

ISBN-13: 9781451641240

ISBN-10: 1451641249

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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, "True Secret workshops have been limited until now to small, intensive groups at a remote center in the rural Southwest. In "The True Secret of Writing, "Goldberg makes this popular seminar available to any reader.
The True Secret is for everyone, like eating and sleeping. It allows you to discover something real about your life, to mine the rich awareness in your mind, and to ground and empower yourself. Goldberg guides you through your own personal or group retreat, illuminating the steps of sitting in silent open mind, walking anchored to the earth, and writing without criticism. Just as Goldberg cuts through her students' resistance with her no-nonsense instruction--"Shut up and write"--the True Secret cuts to the core of realizing yourself and your world.
The capstone to forty years of teaching, "The True Secret of Writing "is Goldberg's Zen boot camp, her legacy teaching. Stories of Natalie's own search for truth and clarity and her students' breakthroughs and insights give moving testament to how brilliantly her unique, tough-love method works. Beautiful homages to the work of other great teachers and observers of mind, life, and love provide further secrets and inspiration to which readers 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 "will help you with your writing--and your life.

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Publisher: Pocket Books
Publish Date: Mar 2013
ISBN-13: 9781451641240
ISBN-10: 1451641249
Format: Hardcover
Number of Pages: 236
Shipping Weight (in pounds): 0.9
Product in Inches (L x W x H): 6.25 x 9.25 x 1.0

Chapter outline

Introduction
Basic Essentials: The Ground of Being
The Greatest Pleasure
Why Silence?
Meditation (Sitting)
Slow Walking
What Is Writing Practice?
Entry: The Opening Point
A Moment
Happiness
Some Determination
What Is Practice?
True Secret Retreat Essentials
Setting Up
Altar
Schedule
Orientation: First Day (Sitting), Bowing, Job List, Meals, Interviews
Dreams and Lying Down
Breaking Silence
Seven Attitudes of Mindfulness
Elaborations
At the Beginning
Story of Love
Kiss
Things to Draw
The List
Loving a Place
ALong Chapter on a Short Practice: A Week of Writing in a Caf
Six-Word Memoir
Age
A Third Thing
Cynicism
Letting Go
Encounters and Teachers
Teachers
The Blazon
Wang Wei: Poetry, the One True Thing
Hemingway: What Is Not Said
Wendy: Hints of the South
Ikkyu: One Heart, Two Gates
Dogen: Write with the Whole Body
Gwen: Closing the Gap
Blue Chair: Creating Texture
Cannot Write This Alone
Epilogue
Books Read for Retreats
Volunteer Jobs

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