Writing Down the Bones: Freeing the Writer by Natalie Goldberg
I liked Natalie Goldberg from the first time I read her books. She had me on board when I realized that New Mexico was special to her. I love New Mexico and figure that it is indeed a "Land of Enchantment" but it takes a special person to see that, and they are usually artists.
Natalie brings Zen and Spirituality into her approach to finding creativity. She explores their sources in some unique ways. She looks closely at the processes of daily writing, where you write and even what you use to write.
She sees inspiration as coming from the effort. Not just the result but effort itself. The book covers the basics of writing and does it well.
Goldberg encourages readers to trust that their own individual lives can be a story and see themselves as a resources of writing. The more people write about themselves the more they question themselves and can understand themselves.
Finding creativity within and releasing it, is different than seeking it from from outside influences.
This book could be an introductory approach to writing. It discusses some classes she taught for beginners. Looking inside ourselves to find creativity may not resonate with the beginning writer but it will be a real plus for the seasoned writer who goes to this book to get recharged. Natalie is a true professional.