Natalie Goldberg: “I Don’t Believe in Writer’s Block” | Talking Writing

Some people embrace Natalie Goldberg’s Zen approach to writing; others resist it. But in all cases, she urges writers to dive deep. Author of the bestselling guides Writing Down the Bones (1986) and Wild Mind (1990), Goldberg peppers her conversation with Buddhist references like “sitting with my own mind.”

She speaks of the need to observe your “passing thoughts” in order to get to wild mind: the place within yourself that’s devoid of self-censorship.


I discovered Natalie Goldberg when I was teaching middle school writer’s workshop (back before the turn of the century).

Her mindful methods worked then. They will work now if they fit your vision of teaching writing. 

Think about it.


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