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
An essential volume for generations of writers young and old, Bird by Bird is a modern classic. This twenty-fifth anniversary edition will continue to spark creative minds for years to come.

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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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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Anne Lamott brings on the inspiration and encouragement in this well-known writing guide. There’s useful advice here, but there is also a lot of Lamott herself in the text, so how you feel about the book will depend on how much you enjoy spending time with the author. 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
176
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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