write with us project

With a deliberate intention to follow my thoughts, I’m committing to offering a writing topic a day for a year.  I will begin the ten minute write after I hit “publish” on my edit page.  You can join me if you’d like, either subscribing to this blog or dropping in when you feel like it.

I have attended three writing workshops  with Natalie Goldberg to learn her practice of timed ten minute writings.  I like to use this practice when addressing specific problems or fishing for an elusive memory.

These are instructions from her first book, Writing Down the Bones:  Freeing the Writer Within.

1.  Keep your hand moving. (Don’t pause to reread the line you have just written.  That’s stalling and trying to get control of what you’re saying.)

2.  Don’t cross out. (That is editing as you write.  Even if you write something you didn’t mean to write, leave it.)

3.  Don’t worry about spelling, punctuation, grammar. (Don’t even care about staying within the margins and lines on the page.)

4.  Lose control.

5.  Don’t think.  Don’t get logical.

6.  Go for the jugular. (If something comes up in your writing that is scary or naked, dive right into it.  It probably has lots of energy.)

Now set a timer…Write the topic at the top of your page…Go…


6 responses to this post.

  1. I have Natalie Goldberg’s book and haven’t read it yet. Someone gave it to me. I’m thinking it’s time to read it as it keeps showing up at the various blogs I’ve visited lately.


  2. 1.25 – Thanks for liking my post today Laura. You mention “morning pages”; are you familiar with The Artist’s Way?

    I’ve listened to Natalie Goldberg’s Writing Down the Bones (love listening to audio books!). Good stuff.

    Stay well.


  3. Hi, Laura thanks for liking my post. Sorry its taken ages for me to reply. Strangely, I’m a massive fan of “Writing Down the Bones” as well. I find a lot of the techniques work across all creative practice, its more about ‘freeing the creative within’. Cheers, Nick.


  4. Posted by Charlotte on March 12, 2011 at 9:19 pm03

    Your blog is very intriquing and I look forward to perusing it. May I make a suggestion? An “Archives” widget makes it easier for the reader to jump around and read older posts rather than having to keep clicking “older entries”. 🙂


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