Writing Down the Bones Deck
60 Cards to Free the Writer Within
by Natalie Goldberg
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Pub Date 21 Sep 2021 | Archive Date 21 Sep 2021
Shambhala Publications, Inc., Shambhala
"This is my wish for you: that you take these cards, grab the topic on one side and write, write, write . . . Remember no good or bad. Just words on the page."
With more than 1 million copies sold and translated into nineteen languages, Natalie Goldberg's Writing Down the Bones has inspired countless writers around the world. Now, Natalie answers one of the most frequent questions from writers: how do I begin? Right here! No matter what level. Writing Down the Bones Deck offers 60 all-new topics to awaken the mind and explore writing from fresh perspectives. Many of the topics offer multiple angles, providing inspiration again and again. Working with this deck is like a personal course with beloved writing instructor Natalie Goldberg.
Each card contains a writing topic on one side and a short lesson on the reverse, delivered in Natalie's honest, heartfelt urgency. From classic prompts that Natalie Goldberg has used a thousand and ten times for her own writing, like "I'm looking at . . ." and "I'm thinking of . . ." to writing about memories of silence and things you forgot to say, the cards will spark you. Whether you are new to establishing a writing practice or you've been going strong for years, the Writing Down the Bones Deck will help you focus on the details and inspire you to develop discipline, gain confidence, and break free to tell your story.
The 60 color cards come in a magnetic enclosure box with a short introductory booklet.
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Average rating from 12 members
This was an unusual writing prompt book. It asks questions that are answerable on many levels. What do you carry in purse, wallet, besides the obvious? Maybe anger, memories, resentment , etc.. I need to get this set for my journaling; it will happen when I get writer's block. Use numbers in every sentence, odd numbers a best! Wonderful book for people who enjoy writing. Make a great gift.
This set of cards will be a useful and engaging tools for writers, especially those who are already familiar with Natalie Goldberg's approach to writing practice. I plan to purchase a copy! Unfortunately, the format does not make this title suitable for library collections; although I would consider purchasing it as an ebook for the library. Thank you for the opportunity to preview this title.
I love books or anything on prompts to get creativity going. I found some of the questions intriguing and interesting. Reading this in an e format I don't think is as beneficial as if I would have had the deck of cards I think the people that buy the deck of cards will really benefit from it. I think having the cards in front of you is a more fun and random. There are some fantastic questions in here. No matter what level you are in your writing career or journey I would suggest getting these in deck form and I think that they be fantastic.
I am so excited to find these cards from one of my most helpful and inspiring teachers whom I’ve been reading for three decades! I will use these to strengthen and inspire my own writing practice which ebbs and flows. These prompts (aka starting points) will encourage me to express myself on deeper levels and I can’t wait to begin!
Thanks to NetGalley, the author and publisher for an advanced reading copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.
It is thrilling to have more prompts and questions from Natalie Goldberg. After reading the e-galley, I pre-ordered the Deck, one copy for myself, one to use with students. One school year, my creative writing students and I worked through the entire book of Writing Down the Bones. It was such a wonderful experience for them and me. I can't wait to work through this deck with my two creative writing groups this year!
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