The True Secret of Writing by Natalie Goldberg
Connecting Life with Language

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5 Critic Reviews

...reader/writer with a shelf full of how-to-write books will benefit from the intimate discussion and practical lessons in The True Secret of Writing and can perhaps finally understand where writing comes from and how to dig deep to access it.
-NY Journal of Books

Synopsis

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.
 

About Natalie Goldberg

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Natalie Goldberg is a poet, painter, teacher, and the author of twelve books, including her classic, Writing Down the Bones: Freeing the Writer Within (which has sold more than 1.5 million copies and has been translated into fourteen languages) and Old Friend from Far Away: The Practice of Writing Memoir. She has taught seminars for thirty-five years to people from around the world and lives in New Mexico.
 
Published March 19, 2013 by Atria Books. 258 pages
Genres: Self Help, Education & Reference. Non-fiction
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Kirkus

Above average
on Jan 14 2013

A pleasantly meditative, intuitive writing guide—though some aspiring writers may find too few nuts and bolts.

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Blog Critics

Good
Reviewed by Nancy Fontaine on Apr 29 2013

...I am...convinced anyone can learn something from her life’s journey and accumulated wisdom.

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NY Journal of Books

Good
on Mar 16 2013

...reader/writer with a shelf full of how-to-write books will benefit from the intimate discussion and practical lessons in The True Secret of Writing and can perhaps finally understand where writing comes from and how to dig deep to access it.

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Shelf Awareness

Above average
Reviewed by Shelf Awareness on Mar 26 2013

By connecting her own life to language in The True Secret of Writing, Goldberg creates a work that is half memoir and half writing manifesto.

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Elephant Journal

Good
on Mar 18 2013

As writers, the hardest thing to do is get our butts to the chair; even harder is putting the pen to page. I consider a writing book successful if it inspires me to do just that. Ultimately, this one did.

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