Bird by Bird: Some Instructions on Writing and Life

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Anchor Books, 1995 - Language Arts & Disciplines - 239 pages
"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.'"

"Superb writing advice... hilarious, helpful and provocative." -- "New York Times Book Review."

"A warm, generous and hilarious guide through the writer's world and its treacherous swamps." -- "Los Angeles Times."

"A gift to all of us mortals who write or ever wanted to write... sidesplittingly funny, patiently wise and alternately cranky and kind -- a reveille to get off our duffs and start writing "now," while we still can." -- "Seattle Times."

 

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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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User Review  - Breton07 - LibraryThing

I read his book about twenty years ago as an inspiration, and as a guide to living well. The book is a guide for those people who want to have a kinder approach to themselves. Lamott addresses the ... Read full review

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Contents

Getting Started
3
Short Assignments
16
Perfectionism
27
Polaroids
38
Plot
52
Dialogue
61
Set Design
70
False Starts
76
Broccoli
103
Jealousy
114
Index Cards
125
Calling Around
136
Writing Groups
143
Someone to Read Your Drafts
151
Letters
161
Finding Your Voice
182

How Do You Know When
87
Looking Around
91
The Moral Point of View
97
Giving
188
Publication
194
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About the author (1995)

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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