20 October 2009

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"learn to write about the ordinary. give homage to old coffee cups, sparrows, city buses, thin ham sandwiches. make a list of everything ordinary you can think of. keep adding to it. promise yourself, before you leave the earth, to mention everything on your list at least once in a poem, short story, newspaper article."

from the book writing down the bones by natalie goldberg

25 comments:

  1. What a wonderful thought. Thank you for the link. I am going to have to read that book.

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  2. love. this. so. much.

    thank you.

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  3. that's a great book...i should dig it out & dust it off. thanks for the reminder!

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  4. I love that book. Natalie Goldberg is pure inspiration.

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  5. there is so much inspiration here.

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  6. i just purchased this book yesterday...i am so excited about reading it. thank you for your inspiration. i love visiting your blog!

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  7. what a great quote. stephanie kallos, a seattle author, used that exact same quote when talking about work as a writer. it's really beautiful.

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  8. I just discovered this book a few weeks ago...and am loving it... your post is beautiful. It's amazing that I never heard of Goldberg before, and now this book and her name is popping up all over my life... I think it's a wonderful sign...

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  9. i love that book! reading its words pumps my heart.

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  10. Perfectly said. Like Anna, I heard Stephanie Kallos use that quote. I should print it and tape it to my bathroom mirror.

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  11. I always love a good reason to reserve some books at our library, thanks for the quote.

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  12. I was just thinking this morning I need to pull that off the shelf and give it a re-read. As I try to get myself into DAILY writing practice. You go, girl. :)

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  13. yes! i love this book, and constantly refer to it when teaching writing to my high school students. : )

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  14. i love glass - so wonderful shot

    and i will have to look up this book

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  15. i think you are well on your way my friend. xo

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  16. this is an awesome quote from an awesome book.

    and your photo is pretty darn great too.

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  17. great quote.. thanks for putting it up!

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  18. Absolutely love that quote. It's the simple things in life, that make one reach down and remember.

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  19. great thinking. most times, it's the ordinary that we fail to acknowledge..
    love it!

    http://sourcherryandcurlchocolate.blogspot.com/

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  20. Wow I haven't looked a that book in a least a decade. It deserves another read. Thanks for the reminder.
    Today I am going to write a poem about light switches.

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  21. i have this book, too! great resource.
    thank you for the reminder. xo

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