Natalie Goldberg’s Thunder and Lightning

Don’t worry, this won’t be a whole book sum-up or review, I just wanted to rant a bit about one of my favorite authors and one of her works. I’m at work again and after two and a half hours of trying to read, I’ve decided to update my blog instead. I finished Goldberg’s T&L last Wednesday and then lent it to a friend from work (Note: this friend also met Allen Ginsberg, author of Howl, also mentioned in her book). I loved T&L, it’s a book—surprise, surprise—on the craft of writing (in fact, it’s the third of a three part collection: Writing Down the Bones, Wild Mind and Thunder and Lightning). One of the main reasons why I adore Goldberg’s books on being an author is because of her honesty. Being a writer is a hard path; it is tormenting, solitary and can even be miserable. She makes this clear, she gives examples from her own life and I couldn’t help but resonate with some of her words. What I also enjoyed was feeling her adoration for the craft, for her, writing is like breathing. It is like that for me too. I also found her Zen background interesting, quieting the mind can be so difficult for many of us (myself included), sometimes near impossible. However, as a writer I must be able to organize my mind in order to move along with whatever I am working on, or else the piece may come out as jumbled as my thought process usually is. Now thought I’m going to focus on Octavio Paz’s book and am looking for one more to read (in English) before jumping into Paradise Lost. 

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