Natalie Goldberg

Born: 1948

Occupation: Author

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Natalie Goldberg

The aim is to burn through to first thoughts, to the place where energy is unobstructed by social politeness or the internal censor, to the place where you are writing what you mind actually sees and feels,...

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We should notice that we are already supported at every moment. There is the earth below our feet and there is the air, filling our lungs and emptying them. We should begin from this when we need support.

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My goal is to write every day. I say it is my ideal. I am careful not to pass judgment or create anxiety if I do not do it. No one lives up to his ideal.

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Life is not orderly. No matter how we try to make it so, right in the middle of it we die, lose a leg, fall in love, or drop a jar of applesauce.

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Handwriting is more connected to the movement of the heart.

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It is odd that we never question the feasibility of a football team practicing long hours for one game; yet in writing we rarely give ourselves the space for practice.

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I am free to write the worst junk in the world.

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We walk through so many myths of each other and ourselves; we are so thankful when someone sees us for who we are and accepts us.

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First thoughts have tremendous energy. 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...

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There is no security, no assurance that because we wrote something good two months ago, we will do it again. Actually, every time we begin, we wonder how we ever did it before.

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Our lives are at once ordinary and mythical. At the same instant we have these magnificent hearts that pump through all sorrow and all winters we are alive on the earth.

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It is very important to go home if you want your work to be whole. You don't have to move in with your parents again and collect a weekly allowance, but you must claim where you come from and look deep...

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Actually, when I look at my old notebooks, I think I have been a bit self-indulgent and have given myself too much time to meander in my discursive thoughts. I could have cut through sooner. Yet it is...

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Writing is not a McDonald’s Hamburger..

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Finally, one just has to shut up, sit down, and write.

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When we write we begin to taste the texture of our own mind

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The correctness and quality of what you write do not matter; the act of writing does.

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I write because I am alone and move through the world alone. No one will know what has passed through me... I write because there are stories that people have forgotten to tell, because I am a woman trying...

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In the past few years I've assigned books to be read before a student attends one of my weeklong seminars. I have been astonished by how few people -- people who supposedly want to write -- read books,...

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As writers we need to crack open language.

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Nobody cares much whether you write or not. You just have to do it

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You live and then you die, I thought. It's good to have some good times.

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Anything we fully do is an alone journey.

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Don't let yourself be thrown away....Continue on no matter what....Continue to make a positive effort for the good.

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Be tough in the way a blade of grass is: rooted, willing to lean, and at peace with what is around it.

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Too often we take notes on writing, we think about writing but never do it. I want you to walk into the heart of the storm, written words dripping off hair, eyelids, hanging from hands.

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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...

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Whether we know it or not, we transmit the presence of everyone we have ever known, as though by being in each other's presence we exchange our cells, pass on some of our lifeforce, and then we go on carrying...

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That's very nice if they want to publish you, but don't pay too much attention to it. It will toss you away. Just continue to write.

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Kill the idea of the lone, suffering artist. Don't make it any harder on yourself.

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We have to look at our own inertia, insecurities, self-hate, fear that, in truth, we have nothing valuable to say. When your writing blooms out of the back of this garbage compost, it is very stable. You...

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This is the practice school of writing. Like running, the more you do it, the better you get at it. Some days you don't want to run and you resist every step of the three miles, but you do it anyway. You...

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Wait until you are hungry to say something, until there is an aching in you to speak.

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Finally, if you want to write, you have to just shut up, pick up a pen, and do it. I'm sorry there are no true excuses. This is our life. Step forward. Maybe it's only for ten minutes. That's okay. To...

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We are important and our lives are important, magnificent really, and their details are worthy to be recorded.

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The difference between neurosis and wisdom is struggle.

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If you read good books, when you write, good books will come out of you.

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The muscles of writing are not so visible, but they are just as powerful: determination, attention, curiosity, a passionate heart.

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Oh, my passion! That is what finally carried me through. Let passion burn all the way, heating up every layer of the psyche.

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Creativity exists in the present moment. You can't find it anywhere else.

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Every moment is enormous and it is all we have.

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If you are not afraid of the voices inside you, you will not fear the critics outside you.

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Play around. Dive into absurdity and write. Take chances. You will succeed if you are fearless of failure.

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Actually, every time we begin, we wonder how we did it before, Each time is a new journey with no maps.

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One poem or story doesn't matter one way or the other. It's the process of writing and life that matters.

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I wonder if I don't give too much of myself to writing: I am always half where I am; the other half is feeding the furnace, kick-starting the heat of creativity. I am making love with someone but at the...

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Whether you're keeping a journal or writing as a meditation, it's the same thing. What's important is you're having a relationship with your mind.

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To encounter a fine book and have time to read it is a wonderful thing.

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We have to accept ourselves in order to write. Now none of us does that fully: few of us do it even halfway. Don’t wait for one hundred percent acceptance of yourself before you write, or even eight...

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Writers end up writing about their obsessions. Things that haunt them; things they can’t forget; stories they carry in their bodies waiting to be released.

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It's okay to embark on writing because you think it will get you love. At least it gets you going, but it doesn't last. After a while you realize that no one cares that much. Then you find another reason:...

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After you have finished a piece of work, the work is then none of your business. Go on and do something else.

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

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I used to think freedom meant doing whatever you want. It means knowing who you are, what you are supposed to be doing on this earth, and then simply doing it.

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Writing practice brings us back to the uniqueness of our own minds and an acceptance of it. We all have wild dreams, fantasies, and ordinary thoughts. Let us to feel the texture of them and not be afraid...

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Trust in what you love, continue to do it, and it will take you where you need to go.

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Women need space and silence. We too quickly give away our energy. There's something about holding that richness.

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Never underestimate people. They do desire the cut of truth.

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Stress is basically a disconnection from the earth, a forgetting of the breath. Stress is an ignorant state. It believes that everything is an emergency. Nothing is that important. Just lie down.

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Have compassion for yourself when you write. There is no failure - just a big field to wander in.

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A writer must say yes to life.

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We are each a concert reverberating with our whole lives and reflecting and amplifying the world around us.

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Use original detail in your writing. Life is so rich, if you can write down the real details of the way things were and are, you hardly need anything else.

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I often wonder if all the writers who are alcoholics drink a lot because they aren't writing. It is not because they are writers that they are drinking, but because they are writers who are not writing.

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Take out another notebook, pick up another pen, and just write, just write, just write. In the middle of the world, make one positive step. In the center of chaos, make one definitive act. Just write....

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Can we walk that thin line between constant change and continuation? And in the middle of this flux, feel gratitude but not hold on? Gratitude greases the joints to let us let go, and at the same time...

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Over and over, we have to go back to the beginning. We should not be ashamed of this. It is good. It's like drinking water.

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keep your hand moving

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Life is not orderly. No matter how we try to make life so, right in the middle of it we die, lose a leg, fall in love, drop a jar of applesauce. In summer, we work hard to make a tidy garden, bordered...

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All of us can create if we allow ourselves to.

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Sometimes people say to me, “I want to write, but I have five kids, a full-time job, a wife who beats me, a tremendous debt to my parents,” and so on. I say to them, “There is no excuse. If you want...

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If you're having difficulty coming up with new ideas, then slow down. For me, slowing down has been a tremendous source of creativity. It has allowed me to open up -- to know that there's life under the...

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We are searching for the core of our lives; our culture intuits that writing, that ancient activity, might be the pathway...Awakening does not feed ego's needs and desires; it pulverizes the self. Our...

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Know that you will eventually have to leave everything behind; the writing will demand it of you.

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Write what disturbs you, what you fear, what you have not been willing to speak about. Be willing to be split open.

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The positive thing about writing is that you connect with yourself in the deepest way. You get a chance to know who you are, to know what you think. You begin to have a relationship with your mind.

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As writers we live life twice, like a cow that eats its food once and then regurgitates it to chew and digest it again. We have a second chance at biting into our experience and examining it. ...This is...

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I think talent is like a water table under the earth—you tap it with your effort and it comes through you.

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When I wrote and got out of the way, writing did writing.” (p.90)

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Stress is basically a disconnection from the earth, a forgetting of the breath.

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Writing is the act of discovery.

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poems are small moments of enlightenment

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Wherein we discover that many of the "rules" for good writing and good sex are the same: Keep your hand moving, lose control, and don't think.

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Poetry has never been a favorite American pastime.

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First, consider the pen you write with. It should be a fast-writing pen because your thoughts are always much faster than your hand. You don't want to slow up your hand even more with a slow pen. A ballpoint,...

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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...

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I remember a friend many years ago who had taped a sign to his refrigerator: There's a dream dreaming us. If you try to think about what that means it makes your mind silly, but that silliness is good.

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To stay close and intimate with experience is to stay close to the mind; the nitty gritty mind of the way things really are.

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At the moment our rational mind stops, hits against a wall ... something else happens. And a bigger mind, like a pearl, rolls in a silver bowl.

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This is your life. You are responsible for it. You will not live forever. Don't wait.

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Sometimes when you think you are done, it is just the edge of beginning. Probably that's why we decide we're done. It's getting too scary. We are touching down onto something real. It is beyond the point...

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The things that make you a functional citizen in society - manners, discretion, cordiality - don't necessarily make you a good writer. Writing needs raw truth, wants your suffering and darkness on the...

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