Mrs. White Nisky English Website

Writing as Composting

An excerpt from Writing Down the Bones by Natalie Goldberg:

"...Our bodies are garbage heaps: we collect experience, and from the decomposition of the thrown-out eggshells, spinach leaves, coffee grinds, and old steak bones of our minds come nitrogen, heat, and very fertile soil. Out of this fertile soil bloom our poems and stories. But this does not come all at once. It takes time. Continue to turn over and over the organic details of your life until some of them fall through the garbage of discursive thoughts to the solid ground of black soil."

Explore your minds for material. Continue "raking (your) minds and taking shallow thinking and turning it over. If we continue to work with this raw material, ...we will begin to see the rich garden we have inside us and use that for writing."

Here is the link to the shareable link for Google Folders and Forms:

Various fun links related to grammar instruction:

  • Grammar Bytes! online exercises:

  • Excessive wordiness:

Some suggestions and strategies:

Fun interactive exercises: