BPReads: Wild Mind Chapter 9 and 10


We’re reading to become better writers, I hope you’ll join us on this journey! Details on the book club can be found under the Book Club Tab above. I will link each week’s discussion there as well.

Our first pick is Wild Mind: Living the Writer’s Life by Natalie Goldberg. If you want more information on Natalie and some video interviews with her please visit Open Road Media. Some of you asked, it is available in all versions of digital reader. See the Open Road Media site for details.

Chapter 9: The Gap

Your first thoughts…go with those Gut thoughts. That resonated with me, it’s one of the reasons I don’t like editing. I like to just spit it all out there and let it sit. When I go back to edit I always lose something.

I also liked the almost life lesson in how we see the good in others (writing) but not in our own. How often (an in how many areas of your life) does this happen?

Chapter 10: No Writing

What’s the difference between writing practice and journal writing? That’s what this chapter focused on.  Journal writing, she says, is very self focused, thoughtful. Where the whole point of writing practice is to now think, to just write. Simply filling blank pages with words.

I liked this because I have always been intimidated by journal writing. I start and stop always wondering what to write. But a blank space, I can fill that. I crave to create and when I look at a page as a place to create (one where I don’t have to clean up before or after) it just encourages me to create more.


What are your thoughts?



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