Tuesday, August 9, 2011

A Cure for the Jealous Writer

In Natalie Goldberg's book Writing Down the Bones: Freeing the Writer Within she cautions against being jealous about other writers. She writes 'Don't make writers 'other', different from you... It makes it hard to become good if you create that duality...
If someone writes something great, it's just more clarity in the world for all of us.'
Now instead of thinking, Oh, I could never write like that. I'm not a writer. I should never touch a pen again.
I think, That's well written sentence/paragraph/chapter/story. It really works. The technique employed may work for the sentence/paragraph/chapter/story I'm currently writing. It may work even better if I tweak it, slightly.


Anonymous said...

"Writing Down the Bones" is an excellent book -- I've read Natalie's work three times through over the years and learned something new each time.

The Sweater Curse said...

Yes, that's one of favourite things about this book. It grows with you. For this reason, I savour each chapter like fine wine. It's my ferry ride book. I take it with me when ever I go off island and read one chapter.