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I sometimes write on the inside cover of books where and when I bought the book. Inside Natalie Goldberg‘s Writing Down the Bones I have written, “Georgetown, CO, 9/2000.” Once upon a time there was this wonderful little bookstore in Georgetown, Colorado that was the perfect stop between Denver and the Vail/Breckenridge area. The bookstore is gone now, but it’s eteched in my mind. 

And I still have Goldberg’s book. One of over a million copies since it was first published in 1986. The subtitle is “Freeing the Writer Within.” She wrote the book while living in Minneapolis.

Goldberg now lives in northern New Mexico and does writing workshops around the country. Her most recent book is Old Friend from Far Away: The Practice of Writing Memoir.  She also recently worked on the documentary Tangled Up in Bob about Bob Dylan and his childhood roots in Hibbing, Minnesota.

If you run regularly, you train your mind to cut through or ignore your resistance.  You just do it. And in the middle of the run, you love it. When you come to the end, you never want to stop. And you stop, hungry for the next time. That’s how writing is, too.”
                                          Natalie Goldberg
                                          Writing Down the Bones
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Scott W. Smith

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