Bird by Bird: Some Instructions on Writing and Life

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Anchor Books, Oct 4, 2008 - LANGUAGE ARTS & DISCIPLINES - 239 pages
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This volume presents the author's offbeat wisdom about how to write. She recounts her personal experiences to reveal her writing techniques and how she overcomes obstacles that interfere with the writing flow. The author offers concrete suggestions about character, plot, setting, and other topics of interest to writers. She also offers irreverent advice about how to navigate through the dark underbelly feelings of self-doubt, inadequacy, and jealousy that are inevitable parts of any writer's experience. Her humorous advice is based on her own experience and honest self-analysis which provides writers the necessary perspective to keep writing through the difficult times that all writers encounter.

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User Review  - datrappert - LibraryThing

Picked this up at a book fair although I have never read any of Lamott's other work. It is a very down to earth realistic book about writing for people who want to write about down to earth realistic ... Read full review

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User Review  - shulera1 - LibraryThing

If you're looking for a book on writing, go for this one. Lamott is sympathetic and brutally honest, and knows how to bring the truth to light without crushing your dreams. Beautifully written and laugh-out-loud funny. Read full review

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About the author (2008)

Anne Lamott lives with her son, Sam, in northern California. She is the author of five books, including the novels Hard Laughter, Rosie, Joe Jones, and All New People. Her last book, Operating Instructions: A Journal of My Son's First Year, was published by Pantheon in 1993.


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