Thunder and Lightning: Cracking Open the Writer’s Craft

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

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Much like it's sequel, Writing down the Bones, "Thunder and Lightning" was a wonderful easy read. Goldberg, weaves great insight into the craft of writing with delightful memoir. Read full review

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

User Review  - Matthew - Goodreads

It's true, this book is inspiring for would-be writers. So many writing books are veiled self-help. In this book, the self-help is turned down and the Zen Buddhism is turned up, which creates a very ... 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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