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Richard Nordquist

If You Want to Write . . .

By September 18, 2009

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Just write. Just write. Just write.

Finally, there is no perfection. If you want to write, you have to cut through and write. There is no perfect atmosphere, notebook, pen, or desk, so train yourself to be flexible. Try writing under different circumstances and in different places. Try trains, buses, at kitchen tables, alone in the woods leaning against a tree, by a stream with your feet in the water, in the desert sitting on a rock, on the curb in front of your house, on a porch, a stoop, the back seat of a car, in the library, at a lunch counter, in an alley, at the unemployment office, in the dentist's waiting room, at a bar in a wooden booth, at the airport, in Texas, Kansas, or Guatemala, while sipping a Coke, smoking a cigarette, eating a bacon, lettuce, and tomato sandwich.

There is a great sense of autonomy and security to know we can write anyplace. If you want to write, finally you'll find a way no matter what.
(Natalie Goldberg, Writing Down the Bones: Freeing the Writer Within, expanded edition. Shambhala Publications, 2005)

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Image: Writing Down the Bones: Freeing the Writer Within, expanded edition, by Natalie Goldberg (Shambhala Publications, 2005)

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September 21, 2009 at 9:19 am
(1) Craig says:

I heard about this book, but never bothered getting it. I think I will make it a point to buy myself a copy now. “Just write” is, well, right. And there isn’t any perfection. None at all. Killing off your inner editor is hard and necessary thing to do if you ever want to write anything down at all. Enough commenting. Time to “just write” something.

September 21, 2009 at 10:03 am
(2) gina says:

Spot on.

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