Natalie Goldberg

A Quote by Natalie Goldberg on writer, writing, soda pop, and copying

We always worry that we are copying someone else, that we don't have our own style. Don't worry. Writing is a communal act. Contrary to popular belief, a writer is not Prometheus alone on a hill full of fire. We are very arrogant to think we alone have a totally original mind. We are carried on the backs of all the writers who came before us. We live in the present with all the history, ideas, and soda pop of this time. It all gets mixed up in our writing.

Natalie Goldberg

Source: Writing Down the Bones, Pages: 79

Contributed by: ~C4Chaos

A Quote by Natalie Goldberg on thoughts and mind

First thoughts have tremendous energy. It is the way the mind first flashes on something. The internal censor usually squelches them, so we live in the realm of second and third thoughts, thoughts on thought, twice and three times removed from the direct connection of the first fresh flash.

Natalie Goldberg

Source: Writing Down the Bones, Pages: 9

Contributed by: ~C4Chaos

A Quote by Natalie Goldberg on writing

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In writing with detail, you are turning to face the world. It is a deeply political act, because you are not staying in the heat of your own emotions. You are offering up some good solid bread for the hungry.

Natalie Goldberg

Source: Writing Down the Bones, Pages: 47

Contributed by: ~C4Chaos

A Quote by Natalie Goldberg on poetry and pastime

Poetry has never been a favorite American pastime.

Natalie Goldberg

Source: Writing Down the Bones, Pages: 60

Contributed by: ~C4Chaos

A Quote by Natalie Goldberg on voice, dreams, and writing

Once you have learned to trust your own voice and allowed that creative force inside you to come out, you can direct it to write short stories, novels, and poetry, do revisions, and so on. You have the basic tool to fulfill your writing dreams. But beware. This type of writing will uncover other dreams you have, too--going to Tibet, being the first woman president of the United States, building a solar studio in New Mexico--and they will be in black and white. It will be harder to avoid them.

Natalie Goldberg

Source: Writing Down the Bones, Pages: 60

Contributed by: ~C4Chaos

A Quote by Natalie Goldberg on details, awake, and self-conscious

Be awake to the details around you, but don't be self-conscious.

Natalie Goldberg

Source: Writing Down the Bones, Pages: 41

Contributed by: ~C4Chaos

A Quote by Natalie Goldberg on writer, reader, awake, alive, and literature

A responsibility of literature is to make people awake, present, alive. If the writer wanders, then the reader, too, will wander.

Natalie Goldberg

Source: Writing Down the Bones, Pages: 55

Contributed by: ~C4Chaos

A Quote by Natalie Goldberg on ordinary and view

Original details are very ordinary, except to the mind that sees extraordinariness. it's not that we need to go to the Hopi mesas to see greatness; we need to view what we already have in a different way.

Natalie Goldberg

Source: Writing Down the Bones, Pages: 75

Contributed by: ~C4Chaos

A Quote by Natalie Goldberg on belief

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Stress is an ignorant state. It believes that everything is an emergency.

Natalie Goldberg

Contributed by: Zaady

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