Writing on Empty

A Guide to Finding Your Voice

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Pub Date Jul 09 2024 | Archive Date Jul 23 2024
St. Martin's Press | St. Martin's Essentials

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Bestselling author and teacher Natalie Goldberg shares her inspiring personal journey out of a devastating period of writer’s block and back into a life of growth, creativity, and healing.

Natalie Goldberg has been writing for the past fifty years. But at the beginning of the pandemic, she suddenly wasn’t able to write anymore. Her imaginative wellspring had dried up, and she was forced to ask herself: what do I do when what has always worked for me doesn’t work anymore?

In this beautifully written, inspiring personal account, Natalie shares her harrowing journey out of creative paralysis and back onto the page. When all of her tried and true methods – meditation, sitting still, writing practice – stopped working, she had to take drastic action. She got into her car and left New Mexico in search of a new inventive source. In her journey through the western states, she visited famous literary sites, searching for the spark that would reignite her ability to write.

And, next to Hemingway’s grave, she found it. “Get going,” he seemed to say to her, and she did. Now, Natalie shares her story of traveling through literary and personal memory to clarify her way forward, struggling to make sense of her difficult relationships with parents and teachers, and digging into her long-held grief. Ultimately, she discovers how to write through the emptiness in order to fill up the world with compassion, healing, and renewed liveliness.

For anyone struggling to reconnect with their own creative source, Writing on Empty is a gentle and instructive guidebook back to remembering what truly matters.

Bestselling author and teacher Natalie Goldberg shares her inspiring personal journey out of a devastating period of writer’s block and back into a life of growth, creativity, and healing.

Natalie...


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The beloved writer develops a crippling case of writer's block, and takes us on her journey to healing as she travels across the West. Highly recommended for every writer!

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Moving memoir of a Jewish American writer about coping how to overcome writer's block during the seclusion of the 2020 coronavirus pandemic. Road map to overcoming the void of writer's and finding her voice.

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I've always been a fan of Natalie Goldberg, and this book is not exception. We are starting to see many books come out with the pandemic in the plot or having been written during the pandemic. The memoir gives us another side of that. Crippling writer's block, a time of seclusion, and trying to save one's career during a time that careers seem to be the least important thing in the world.
Thank you to St. Martin's Press and Net Galley for a digital ARC in exchange for my honest review. All opinions are my own.

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