POV: Writing Down the Bones

Scott - Writing Down the Bones

Even authors need occasional refresher courses and inspiration.

On those occasions, there’s one book I’ve had for a long time, that I like to dip into to remind me why I became a writer, and that suggests little exercises to do to train my writing muscles.

It’s called “Writing Down the Bones,” by Natalie Goldberg, and it’s full of great musings on writing and things to try to free up your creative reflexes.

A random selection of chapter topics:

  • Fighting Tofu
  • We Are Not the Poem
  • Writers Have Good Figures
  • Don’t Marry the Fly
  • Blue Lipstick and a Cigarette Hanging Out of Your Mouth

At times whimsical and always charming, I recommend this book for all writers and would-be writers.

What books inspire you and fire up your inner writer?