What is Writing Practice and How Can It Help New Writers?

writing practice

What is writing practice? How can it help you become a better writer? And is there a right way and a wrong way to do it?

In 1986, the author, artist and writing teacher Natalie Goldberg introduced the concept of writing practice in her popular and accessible book Writing Down the Bones: Freeing the Writer Within.

She says:

“One of the main aims in writing practice is to learn to trust your own mind and body; to grow patient and non-aggressive.”

Much like free writing, writing practice involves turning up and writing about a particular topic, theme or an idea without editing yourself for a pre-determined period.

It’s an expressive and fluid type of writing that almost every writer can use to improve their craft.

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