Goldberg's books have inspired thousands to begin a writing practice to release their wild minds, and now she shows how to direct that raw energy ...Show synopsisGoldberg's books have inspired thousands to begin a writing practice to release their wild minds, and now she shows how to direct that raw energy into stories, essays, poems, novels, and memoirs. This sequel to "Writing Down the Bones" and "Wild Mind" is for anyone who's ever dreamed of converting that initial flash of inspiration--the thunder and lightning--into finished work.Hide synopsis
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Nearly every writer I know has read Writing Down the Bones and found it life changing. Goldberg has published several other honest and encouraging books about writing including Living Color which I have read again and again. But Thunder and Lightening is different. Goldberg calls her first chapter "Warning." It begins "I have not seen writing lead to happiness in my friends' lives." This rather stark statement sets the tone for the book. Goldberg does not gloss over any of the difficulties she has encountered as a writer. She does not offer magic solutions. But she brings to bear a lifetime of profound spiritual searching, of zen meditation and insights gleaned from zen masters, and of skilled and intensive writing. She is, as always, deeply honest about her struggles as a writer and as a person. But in many ways she de-mystifies the writing process. Yes, it is a matter of skills, some innate perhaps, many learned, but more it is a matter of persistance, of believing in one's own journey, and most vital of all, a process that requires encouragement. We do write after all to communicate and it is most offen the interest of others in our work that keeps us going. Goldberg is far too skilled and wise to let us off with a book of platitudes. She discusses at great length books she loves and admires, books she uses in her writing classes such as Wallace Stegner's Crossing to Safety and Willa Cather's Song of the Lark. Thunder and Lightening is a book that should be on the shelf of every writer, or rather, not on the shelf but in the hand.
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