a few years ago. I picked it up and started reading, and I fell hard.
Natalie's like a dear, wise friend, one who tells you to: "say what you mean," and "push yourself further."
Wild Mind: Living the Writer's Life is her second book on writing and it's also fabulous. I've got one volume with the two books together, and it sits on my filing cabinet, ready to be picked up and leafed through at any moment. It's dog-eared and the cover is ripped because I'm tough on the books I love. I like to think of these tears and creases as the book's wrinkles. Its laugh lines.
|My poor beaten-up book.|
Natalie's a big fan of getting your first thoughts down using a pen and notebook. These days, I seem to spend a lot of time at the computer. Call me old-fashioned, but I think I'll always prefer a little table in a cafe, with my spiral notebook, a mug of strong coffee, and a plate with some kind of delightful baked good sitting on it.
Most of the time my writing is crap. But every now and again, I'll get on the second, or the third, or the fourteenth page of what I'm working on, and something cracks open. My pen is connected directly to my heart and I'm just letting it out. Speaking my truth. Later, I'll look down at what I've written and be amazed by it. And that's what I live for.