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Tag Archives: Natalie Goldberg

Revisiting Imperfection

As November peeks around the corner, I always find myself thinking about NaNoWriMo or National Novel Writing Month. In honor of that and my continued quest for imperfection, let’s have a flash back to April 2012…. “Embrace exuberant imperfection”  (Chris  Baty, No Plot, No Problem) For years, I have been intrigued by the Zen concept of …

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Making Noise with Two Left Feet

Years ago, my voice teacher used to tell me that anything worth doing was worth doing poorly until we learned to do it well. This is a lesson I must relearn all the time. Why is “beginner” a dirty word? When did it become embarrassing to do something and make a mistake because you are …

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The Ever-Shrinking Comfort Zone

Have you ever noticed the older we get, the more we loathe stepping outside our comfort zones? Kids hate it when other kids laugh at them, yes. But adults? We would rather sit in a corner and not even live if it protects us from the pointing fingers and scathing comments of others.   As …

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Some rules to write by

“One of the things I know about writing is this: spend it all, shoot it, play it, lose it, all, right away, every time. Do not hoard what seems good for a later place in the book or for another book; give it, give it all, give it now. The impulse to save something good …

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