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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User Review  - TheBentley - LibraryThing

Outstanding as always. Goldberg is tremendously inspiring as a writing coach. I took one of her workshops years ago, and I still remember it well. It was definitely time for her to write a book about ... Read full review

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-- I like this book. Readers get to know Goldberg, & I like her. She visits libraries & bookstores. Besides writing she meditates & paints. She was raised on Long Island, has lived in Minnesota ... 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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