Writing for practice obviously isn't for everyone. But we can extrapolate the concept and look at dancing as practice, Taiji as practice, music as practice, life as practice. Natalie is a Zen practitioner and uses the lessons of Zen in her writing and teaching. Ultimately, one of the greatest lessons of Zen is eternal presence, which means being present in Zazen, working, driving the car, playing the trombone, of whatever one finds oneself doing. Presence is the key...to everything.
Following is an interview with Natalie from July, 2016: The Writing Life