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Thunder and Lightning: Cracking Open the Writer's Craft (original 2000; edition 2001)

by Natalie Goldberg

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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.… (more)
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Title:Thunder and Lightning: Cracking Open the Writer's Craft
Authors:Natalie Goldberg
Info:Bantam (2001), Paperback, 240 pages
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Same old, same old
  Readying | Jan 19, 2018 |
If you are interested in any kind of writing, read Natalie's books. That is all. ( )
  alsatia | May 11, 2013 |
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 what to do with all that writing practice and how to turn it into something marketable. If you're a fan of Wild Mind (her best book, by far), you should try Thunder and Lightning. It isn't quite as leap-off-the-page inspirational, but it is much more practical and makes a nice companion book to Wild Mind. ( )
  TheBentley | May 12, 2011 |
-- 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, & home now is in New Mexico. Short chapters contain anecdotes. Tips & advice for writers are plentiful. Writing is terse. Goldberg lists her favorite books at end of THUNDER & LIGHTNING. I want to attend one of author's writing seminars! -- ( )
  MinaIsham | Oct 18, 2009 |
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This book is dedicated to Allen Ginsberg (1926-1997) who started me on the path of writing and the mind; and Toni Burbank who helped me to refine that path
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I have not seen writing lead to happiness in my friends' lives.
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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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