Thunder and Lightning: Cracking Open the Writer's Craft

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Bantam Books, 2001 - Language Arts & Disciplines - 240 pages
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In this long-awaited sequel to her bestselling books Writing Down the Bones and Wild Mind, Natalie Goldberg, one of the most sought-after writing teachers of our time, takes us to the next step in the writing process.

You’ve filled your notebooks, done your writing practice, discovered your original voice. Now what? How do you turn this raw material into finished stories, essays, poems, novels, memoirs?

Drawing on her own experience as a writer and a student of Zen, Natalie shows you how to create a field big enough to allow your “wild mind” to wander — and then gently direct its tremendous energy into whatever you want to write.

Here, too, is invaluable advice on how to overcome writer’s block, how to deal with the fear of criticism and rejection, how to get the most from working with an editor, and how to learn from reading accomplished authors.

With humor and compassion, Goldberg recounts her own mistakes on the way to publication — and how you can avoid the most common pitfalls of the beginning writer. Through it all there is a deep celebration of writing itself — not just as the means to an end, but as a path to living a deeper, more fully alive life.

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Good book about the spiritual side of writing. - Goodreads
She talks a lot about writing practice. - Goodreads
She is no-nonsense when it comes to writing. - Goodreads
If you are a writer, I highly recommend this book. - Goodreads
Basically free writing for set periods of time. - Goodreads
Yes, writing is like this. - Goodreads

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User Review  - Morgan Dragonwillow - Goodreads

This is the first writing book in a long time that I have read cover to cover and enjoyed every bit of it. Writing down the Bones was the first writing book that I read cover to cover and this book ... Read full review

Review: Thunder and Lightning: Cracking Open the Writer's Craft

User Review  - Casey - Goodreads

When I picked up this book at Barnes and Noble, I really didn't have any intention of buying it. I planned to flip through it and grab one of the other books that I had chosen. As if fate knew this, I ... Read full review

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Natalie Goldberg lives in northern New Mexico and is the author of Writing Down the Bones, Wild Mind, Long Quiet Highway, Banana Rose, and Living Color, a book about her work as a painter. She teaches writing in workshops nationwide.

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