With a broken-down oven, in a hotel kitchen, on an uninhabited island
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Natalie Goldberg is the author of Wild Mind: Living the Writer’s Life (Bantam). She lives in Taos, New Mexico.
If you make effort, beings seen and unseen will help. There are angels cheering for us when we lift our pens, because they know we want to do it. In this torrential moment we have decided to change the energy of the world. We are going to write down what we think.
I met Gary Blake at the meditation hall. It was a place of silence, but Gary Blake was not a silent man.
My heart bristled a little around the edges at the mention of Anna, but it was more like the wings of a bird, hit and dead on the highway, whose feathers flutter a moment from the movement of a passing Chevy.
Writing is not psychology. We do not talk “about” feelings. Instead the writer feels and through her words awakens those feelings in the reader. The writer takes the reader’s hand and guides him through the valley of sorrow and joy without ever having to mention those words.