A classic book on writing, ``Writing Down The Bones: Freeing The Writer Within,'' by Natalie Goldberg. Some quotes from the Preface to the 2005 edition:
``I don't think everyone wants to create the great American novel, but we all have a dream of telling our stories---of realizing what we think, feel, and see before we die. Writing is a path to meet ourselves and become intimate.
A long time ago I read Jack Kerouac's essentials for prose. Four of them, in particular, have provided me with heart for the path:
'' 2005 ed. Preface, Writing Down the Bones
- Accept loss forever
- Be submissive to everything, open, listening
- No fear or shame in the dignity of your experience, language, and knowledge
- Be in love with your life