Writing down the bones – a great book by Natalie Goldberg.

I learned about the blankness that intrudes upon our brains that does not allow us to think when it comes to writing – commonly known as writer’s block. NG suggests grabbing a ream of paper and just writing, not real thought process, just write. I have several times made the mistake of ditching my thought pads – I jot down a subject I would like to write about with a couple of pros and cons and take it from there.  However, if you toss the book out, you’ve got nothing.

I, like every creative creature on Earth, would like to create the world over – but sometimes it’s really hard to grasp at a concept that actually allows you to complete the whole sphere.

If we think about it, not all the great writers are great! Some people don’t like Hemingway (enjoy his stuff), he’s a rambler. What of George Sand, Marguerite Duras , the Bronte sisters, Emily Dickinson, Walt Whitman, Edgar Allen Poe, Plato, Socrates, Bob Dylan, Stephen King and many others; hey even the guy who wrote that very popular book about The Da Vinci Code (didn’t read much of it, wasn’t that well written); hey truly, A Perfect Storm – did you ever read that book – long winded and boring! The movie, way better than the book!

Sometimes, people just write, whether there is a purpose or not – we write; whether a song, a poem, a blog entry or a book, we write; and that’s okay. We don’t have to be brilliant, we don’t have to become one of the giants, we can just be and continue writing down the bones, because as writers in all facets of life, that’s what we all do – write.

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