Bird by Bird

Bird by Bird

Some Instructions on Writing and Life

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

Advice on writing and on life from an acclaimed bestselling author:
"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.'"

Baker & Taylor
A step-by-step guide to writing and managing the writer's life covers each portion of a written project, addresses such concerns as writer's block and getting published, and offers awareness and survival tips. Reprint. Tour.

Publisher: New York :, Pantheon Books
Copyright Date: ©1994
ISBN: 9780307424983
Characteristics: 1 online resource
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Additional Contributors: OverDrive, Inc. - Distributor

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mnwritergirrl
May 31, 2017

Best book on he writing process ever written.

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britprincess1ajax
Mar 28, 2017

I've never read a writing guide quite like this one. Most writing guides are specific about the steps of writing -- you know, research, the first draft, revision, the second draft, and so on and so forth -- with the unspoken goal of publication looming in the foggy distance. That's why it was so refreshing to read Lamott’s BIRD BY BIRD, which is a brutally honest and immensely funny look at the truth about writing. She offers real, helpful advice, not all that crap you've heard before that never helped. She says a word about how publication is not all it's cracked up to be and tells you how to avoid libel. She writes in an anecdotal way that makes you feel like you're having a conversation with a friend, rather than being lectured at by a professional. She provides her take, her tricks of the trade, in a confessional way that begs you to lean in and she doesn't shy away from disclosing the details of her personal life to exemplify a point. I now feel like I know her, a chunk of her soul exposed and delivered to me via the words on the page. She's such a fine writer that I think I will search for more books written by her, both nonfiction and fiction. Needless to say, anyone interested in writing will love this book. I highly recommend it.

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1aa
Mar 23, 2017

This is a book to read, not to use. But its delightful.

JCLBeckyC Sep 01, 2016

I broke down in tears at the end of this book. Not too many writing manuals you can say that about. Anne Lamott is my best friend (even if she's unaware of it) and I truly believe if everyone would read her stuff we could achieve world peace. Here's my favorite quote from the book: “You own everything that happened to you. Tell your stories. If people wanted you to write warmly about them, they should have behaved better.”

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oliviapham
Aug 30, 2016

A warm book filled with advice that relate both to writing and life. I didn't always connect with her voice but I did love the image of how writing a novel is like driving a car in the dark and being only able to see a few inches ahead at a time but how you can get to the end like that the whole way.

TSCPL_ChrisB Jun 02, 2016

I thought this book succeeded best when Lamott was most serious. The stories she tells which slap the reader across the face, or tears their heart out and makes them weep--those are the ones which most motivated me. Too often, however, she resorts to humor and it falls flat. Or it did for me, anyway. The witty remarks, the obscure pop references, and the constant sarcasm made me think of the insecure person at the party who tries to make light of their situation. Which, when you think about it, describes most writers. It was just too much for me. Otherwise, I quite enjoyed Bird by Bird.

cmlibrary_pturner Jan 14, 2016

I have returned to this book again and again for comfort and inspiration to write. Don't miss this one...it is small, but powerful.

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JRP65
Mar 11, 2014

This is one of the many books recommended by NaNoWriMo & Camp NaNoWriMo.

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MarieMarguerite
Jan 04, 2014

Buy it!

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modestgoddess
Jul 11, 2013

Great fun to read, especially for writers, though I imagine non-writers might really enjoy Anne Lamott's style as well. I did object to her frequent references to being "mentally ill" but so appreciated her glimpses into the things that distract her - now that we do have in common...! Just a delightful read. Might have to go buy this one for my home library....

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britprincess1ajax
May 14, 2017

"If you're not enough before the gold medal, you won't be enough with it."

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britprincess1ajax
May 14, 2017

"Toni Morrison said, 'The function of freedom is to free someone else,' and if you are no longer wracked or in bondage to a person or a way of life, tell your story. Risk freeing someone else."

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britprincess1ajax
May 14, 2017

"Having a baby's like suddenly getting the world's worst roommate, like having Janis Joplin with a bad hangover and PMS come to stay with you."

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britprincess1ajax
May 14, 2017

"E.L. Doctorow once said that 'writing a novel is like driving a car at night. You can see only as far as your headlights, but you can make the whole trip that way.' You don't have to see where you're going, you don't have to see your destination or everything you will pass along the way. You just have to see two or three feet ahead of you. This is right up there with the best advice about writing, or life, I have ever heard."

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commanderfudge
Jun 18, 2013

Now it might be that your God is an uptight, judgmental perfectionist, sort of like Bob Dole or, for that matter, me. But a preist friend of mine has cautioned me away from the standard God of our childhoods, who loves and guides you and then, if you are bad, roasts you; God as a high school principal in a gray suit who never remembered your name but is always leafing unhappily through your files. If this is your God, maybe you need to blend in the influence of someone who is ever so slightly more amused by you, someone less anal. David Byrne is good, for instance. Grace allen is good. Mr. Rogers will work.

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