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BPReads: Wild Mind Chapter 15

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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.

*more apologies! I’m still here, still reading just sloooooooowwwwllly Someone is teething and not sleeping….

Chapter 15: Oral Timed Writing

How often do you compose posts and stories in your head? I write all day long, while running, driving, showiering…I’ve never thought to say them out loud.

How fun could this be to do with the kids? To start with I remember and see your family history through their eyes? It could make a great gift this tie of year too!

Would anyone be interested in doing an oral writing meet-up? Either as a vlog link-up or as a Skype/Google+ hangout?

What do you remember….

Know….

See…

 

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BPReads: Wild Mind Chapter 13 and 14

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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 13: Accept Ourselves 

“Don’t throw away your writing”

How often do we virtually do this? I think it’s so much easier now with so much (most) of my writing being done on a computer to just backspace, backspace, backspace over whatever I have written instead of letting it sit and editing it later. After reading this chapter I really want to establish a writing notebook. I would love to be able to quickly flip through and see how my writing has changed. According to Natalie doing this allows us to free the critique and see the “whole mind”

Another important takeaway:

“Write the Truth”

As someone who writes about the “sticky stuff” this is so important to me. Yes, it’s hard and sometimes I need to pretend no one is reading but it’s what we need to do. It also needs to be said that my truth is not your truth (obviously outside of verifiable facts like the sky is blue), we live individual lives and have different experiences/truths.

I loved her “Try this” for this chapter. Take 30 minutes and re-write that dreaded and often bland what I did on my summer vacation. Take 30minutes and tell it like it was, not the sanitized boring version you turned in. I am  totally going to do this (watch for a post this week!)

Chapter 14: Fresh

So this is the chapter door those of you participating in NaNoWriMo! She gets into the nitty-gritty of how she uses free writing to write and enhance her novel-writing. AS someone who just recently started toying with the idea of novel-writing I found this so interesting!

Two quotes that I want to share (in case your not reading – shame! go get the book!)

“Writing is the act of discovery”

This is so true. I frequently say I write/blog because it’s cheaper than therapy! Ann Voskamp also said something along these lines at Relevant, she likened writing to grappling along in the dark finding your way into what you believe and understand. That is certainly true for me.

Lastly she touches again on handwriting as opposed to typing out your words. I have always loved writing my thoughts out on paper and have found myself doing it more and more. She sees your hand moving across the page as a direct connection to your heart:

“All good writing comes from the body and is a physical experience”

 

BPReads: Wild Mind Chapter 11 & 12

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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.

*sorry this didn’t go up last week, the internet at Relevant was soooooo sloooooow I couldn’t get it up!

Chapter 11: Reading

 

Reading to be a better writer, well we know a thing or two about that don’t we? What are your favorite or most inspiring bloggers when it comes to writing? What are your favorite books?

One of my favorite bloggers who inspires my writing is Stephanie from Adventures in Babywearing. She paints beautiful words and says so much in so few words.

I already mentioned that Memoirs of a Geisha was one of the most inspiring books I have read. While at Relevant I had a great conversation with Leslie (a roomie) from Show the Wonder about inspiration that related to the Twilight Series. I can’t tell it as animatedly (you should really vlog it Leslie!) as she did but here is the gist; Twilightt may not be great literature, or great writing, but what Stephanie Meyer does really well is pull people into the story. She grabs you and you can’t stop reading. That would be something else I want to do capture a reader so they can’t stop reading.

Chapter 12: Do It

This chapter grabbed e right away since my first aspirations were to be a doctor I was in school to be a doctor…I am not a doctor! I liked how she described it as elemental, something in your veins. I think that’s true but I also thing it might not be obvious. Like the debate of nature versus nurture, sometimes it’s something in your nature combined with how it’s nurtured that provides an outcome. (Am I making sense? I’m a bit sleep deprived!)

I enjoyed writing in grade school and wrote stories and plays all the time. As I progressed into the upper grades though I focused on what I was good at, science. The need and desire to write laid dormant inside me until I had children, until I had really deep emotions that could only be processed through writing the words out.

How about you? Is it in your veins? Has it always been?

There are 3 “Try this”  for this chapter, the one I am most intrigued with is the schedule. Do you have  writing schedule? Do you stick to it? I would love to make this a reality because I have so many ideas in my head and I just want to write!