The Bones of Your Writing

Hello Beautiful Thinkers,

I’ve continued my reading of writerly books with Natalie Goldberg’s Writing Down The Bones. This book might feel like a waste of time if you’ve been writing for a while or studied writing a lot already. But if you’re just getting into writing and not sure where to start reading this could be a good start. The two best pieces of advice to take away from this book are to write every day and keep a list of subjects that interest you. More specifically than just write every day, Goldberg recommends a daily timed stream of consciousness/free writing session. She believes it will help clear your mind so you can ready yourself for more directed writing. I think it is worth a try. Maybe test out a couple weeks of free writing every day before trying to write more on your current project. The list of subjects makes a good jumping off points if you’re not sure where to start with a free write. Or use the writing prompts posted by me daily here and on my Tumblr. Inspired by this experiment to free write, try writing a scene where your character switches something up in their daily routine. Is it something as small as a new tooth past or something as drastic as switching from driving to biking to work?

Keep Dreaming Beautiful Thinkers,

The Boy In The Heart Shades

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