This is what it is to be a writer: to be the carrier of details that make up history. – Natalie Goldberg
I am a perfectionist. It’s hard for me to embark on anything not knowing if the outcome will be good. As this translates to writing, I want to know that anything I put out into the world will be received well. I want to know the thoughts I share will be thought provoking to someone. I want to know the end from the beginning. It’s a frustrating place to be, and I really need to get over it.
In my quest to know the end, I have a stack of books on writing that I want to read and work through. First up is “Writing Down the Bones” by Natalie Goldberg.
Short chapters. Strong advice. Writing exercises. My copy has been underlined, dog-eared, and littered with post-it notes. Ms. Goldberg’s advice is invaluable, and has inspired me to work harder at the craft of writing. I may want to sit down at my laptop and have a novel just pour from me, but me thinks it may not be so easy. There is work in the creation of an enticing story, work that I am excited to take on.