Literary Birthday – 4 January – Natalie Goldberg

Happy Birthday, Natalie Goldberg, born 4 January 1948.


  1. Write what disturbs you, what you fear, what you have not been willing to speak about. Be willing to be split open.
  2. You have to let writing eat your life and follow it where it takes you. You fit into it; it doesn’t fit neatly into your life. It makes you wild.
  3. Handwriting is more connected to the movement of the heart.
  4. 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 feel the texture of them and not be afraid of them. Writing is still the wildest thing I know.
  5. This is your life. You are responsible for it. You will not live forever. Don’t wait.
  6. 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.
  7. Writing is the act of discovery.
  8. My goal is to write every day. I say it is my ideal. I am careful not to pass judgement or create anxiety if I do not do it. No one lives up to his ideal.
  9. Learning to write is not a linear process. There is no logical A-to-B-to-C way to become a good writer. One neat truth about writing cannot answer it all. There are many truths. To do writing practice means to deal ultimately with your whole life.
  10. I love and care about literature, and great writers are our teachers. You’re studying their mind when you read their work.

Natalie Goldberg is an American author. She is best known for a series of books which explore writing as Zen practice. She is the author of Wild Mind: Living the Writer’s Life and Writing Down the Bones: Freeing the Writer Within.

 by Amanda Patterson

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Posted on: 4th January 2018