Bird by Bird: Some Instructions on Writing and Life

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Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group, Dec 18, 2007 - Language Arts & Disciplines - 272 pages
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NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • An essential volume for generations of writers young and old. The twenty-fifth anniversary edition of this modern classic will continue to spark creative minds for years to come. Anne Lamott is "a warm, generous, and hilarious guide through the writer’s world and its treacherous swamps" (Los Angeles Times). 

“Superb writing advice…. Hilarious, helpful, and provocative.” —The New York Times Book Review

For a quarter century, more than a million readers—scribes and scribblers of all ages and abilities—have been inspired by Anne Lamott’s hilarious, big-hearted, homespun advice. Advice that begins with the simple words of wisdom passed down from Anne’s father—also a writer—in the iconic passage that gives the book its title:

“Thirty years ago my older brother, who was ten years old at the time, was trying to get a report on birds written that he’d had three months to write. It was due the next day. We were out at our family cabin in Bolinas, and he was at the kitchen table close to tears, surrounded by binder paper and pencils and unopened books on birds, immobilized by the hugeness of the task ahead. Then my father sat down beside him, put his arm around my brother’s shoulder, and said, ‘Bird by bird, buddy. Just take it bird by bird.’”
 

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User Review  - thewestwing - LibraryThing

Really enjoyed this book and it’s full of wise advice and great insight. If you are struggling with being a writer, this book should help rekindle your love for writing. Read full review

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User Review  - et.carole - LibraryThing

Lamott's Bird by Bird reads like advice from a mother who knows what it feels like to write, and also curses and is a bit funny. As good as I hoped it would be when it was recommended to me. Read full review

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Contents

Getting Started 3 Short Assignments
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Shitty First Drafts 21 Perfectionism
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School Lunches 33 Polaroids
39
Part Twet ršle writing frame of šur D
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Index Cards 133 Calling Around
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Writers Block
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PublicationAND OTHER
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Writing a Present 185 Finding Your Voice
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Publication
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ANNE LAMOTT is the author of the New York Times bestsellers Almost Everything; Hallelujah Anyway; Help, Thanks, Wow; Small Victories; Stitches; Some Assembly Required; Grace (Eventually); Plan B; Traveling Mercies; and Operating Instructions. She is also the author of seven novels, including Imperfect Birds and Rosie. A past recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship and an inductee to the California Hall of Fame, she lives in Northern California.

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