Tuesday, November 25, 2008

White Flow from Natalie Goldberg

The Zen approach to writing dominates Natalie Goldberg's book Writing Down the Bones. Every third page turns up a worthy quote. Here's an excerpt:

Often I can look around the room at my students as they write and can tell which ones are really on and present at a given time in their writing. They are more intensely involved and their bodies are hanging loose. Again, it is like running. There's little resistance when the run is good. All of you is moving; there's no you separate from the runner. In writing, when you are truly on, there's no writer, no paper, no pen, no thoughts. Only writing does writing- everything else is gone.

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