I can’t remember why, exactly, but I remember that it moved me. Gave me confidence. Planted the seed of a commitment: Don’t be someone who talks about writing. Or someone who makes excuses about not writing. Write.
Now, 25 years later and the author has a follow-up, The True Secret of Writing, based on the writing retreats she’s lead ever since.
The theme continues: Don’t talk about writing. Don’t talk about anything. The secret is, simply: “Shut up, and write.”
It may seem an odd mantra for a Zen-infused woman to chant, but, as I retreat into my world for the evening to heed the call, I can say it works.
Oh irony: you can hear Natalie speak about this philosophy in this brief conversation I had with her for KCRW this week in advance of her appearance tomorrow night at Insight LA.