Thunder and Lightning: Cracking Open the Writer’s Craft (Google eBook)

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Open Road Media, Jul 26, 2011 - Reference - 228 pages
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In the sequel to her bestselling Writing Down the Bones, Natalie Goldberg advises readers on how to capture the flashes of inspiration of a writer’s life, and turn this “thunder and lightning” into a polished final piece Any writer may find himself or herself with an abundance of raw material, but it takes patience and care to turn this material into finished stories, essays, poems, novels, and memoirs. Referencing her own experiences both as a writer and as a student of Zen, Natalie provides insight into the struggles and demands of turning ideas into concrete form.  Her guidance addresses ways to overcome writer’s block, deal with the fear of criticism and rejection, get the most from working with an editor, and improve one’s writing by reading accomplished authors. She communicates this with her characteristic humor and compassion, and a deep respect for writing as an act of celebration. This ebook features an illustrated biography of Natalie Goldberg, including rare photos and never-before-seen documents from the author’s personal collection.

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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
Basically free writing for set periods of time. - Goodreads
Yes, writing is like this. - Goodreads
Its the only way to ground yourself and your writing. - Goodreads

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

User Review  - Vaarna - Goodreads

Natalie Goldberg seems to get a lot of praise among wannabe writers. I decided to check out her book mainly, because she's so popular on blogs and articles. Unfortunately this book didn't help me much ... 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 (b. 1948) is the author of ten books, including Writing Down the Bones, which has sold over one million copies and has been translated into fourteen languages. She has also written the beloved Long Quiet Highway: Waking Up in America, a memoir about her Zen teacher. For the past thirty years she has practiced Zen and taught seminars on writing as a spiritual practice. She lives in northern New Mexico.

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