A writer-editor-teacher’s quote of the week #138

Writing practice is simply something fundamental, like the colors black and white or moving on foot in front of the other when you walk. The problem is we don’t notice that movement of one foot in front of the other. We just move our feet. Writing practice asks you to notice not only how your feet move but also how your mind moves. And not only that, it makes you notice your mind and begin to trust it and understand it. This is good. It is basic for writing. If you get this, the rest is none of my business. You can do what you want.

— from the chapter, “Results of Kindness,” in Wild Mind: Living the Writer’s Life by Natalie Goldberg

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One thought on “A writer-editor-teacher’s quote of the week #138

  1. As writer, I agree with Ms. Goldberg’s walking analogy. But as a human, I see latent neurosis in its widespread practice.

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