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Thunder And Lightning

Cracking Open the Writer's Craft
Paperback Book
Publisher: 
Bantam
 | 
October, 2001
ISBN:
9780553374964
Quantity: 
2
$20.00 CAD
Banyen's Description: 

Here the author of Writing Down the Bones and Wild Mind 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? That’s what Thunder and Lightning is about.

Goldberg urges writer and reader alike to “ride the ruddy edge of your truth” and continue working under all circumstances. Drawing on her experience as a writer and a student of Zen, she shows how to develop a structure or plot that preserves all the odd, kinky turns of your one-of-a-kind mind and captures the completely authentic way you see the world. “Writing practice lets out all your wild horses,” she says, but eventually it’s time to “bridle the stampede, pick up the reins, and slowly take control of that power.”

Natalie also offers her best tips on how to overcome writer’s block, how to deal with the fear of criticism and rejection, how to get the most from writing workshops and working with an editor, how to learn from reading accomplished authors, and her own list of “Books I Love.” With wit and compassion, she recounts some of her own blunders on the way to publication—and how you can avoid the most common pitfalls of the beginning writer. Through it all there runs a deep current of really celebrating writing itself—not just as the means to an end, but as a path to living a deeper, more fully alive life.

Do not say you were not warned: to continue this crazy thing called writing might lead to steep precipices, dangerous canyons, craggy cliffs. I make no promises... Know that you will eventually have to leave everything behind; the writing will demand it of you...If you want to know what you’re made of, if you want to stand on death’s dark face and leave behind the weary yellow coat of yourself, then just now—I hear it—the heavy wooden doors of the cloister of no return are creaking open. Please enter.

The six-tape set includes book-on-tape read by the author, plus commentary and an exclusive author interview.

Publisher’s Description: 

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.

Youve 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 writers 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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