Bird By Bird: Some Instructions On Writing And Life by Anne LamottBird By Bird: Some Instructions On Writing And Life by Anne Lamott

Bird By Bird: Some Instructions On Writing And Life

byAnne Lamott

Paperback | September 1, 1995

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"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.'"

About The Author

Anne Lamott is the New York Times bestselling author of Help, Thanks, Wow; Small Victories; Stitches; Some Assembly Required; Grace (Eventually); Plan B; Traveling Mercies; Bird by Bird; Operating Instructions, and the forthcoming Hallelujah Anyway. She is also the author of several novels, including Imperfect Birds and Rosie. A past r...
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Title:Bird By Bird: Some Instructions On Writing And LifeFormat:PaperbackDimensions:272 pages, 8 × 5.1 × 0.6 inPublished:September 1, 1995Publisher:Knopf Doubleday Publishing GroupLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0385480016

ISBN - 13:9780385480017

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from One of my favourites I am an avid reader and this book has remained in my top three for years. Every time I read it, there is something new to discover, something new that resonates. I always seem to find what I'm looking for in the pages. This book stays propped at the top of my list [of this genre] with Tiny Beautiful Things (Cheryl Strayed) and This is How (Augusten Burroughs). It is my most well-worn book.
Date published: 2017-05-25
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Humorous and Eye-Opening This book is a must-read for any aspiring writer. Anne Lamott's delightfully honest, funny and brilliant advice is poignant and important. This is a book which, rather than simply advise and guide new and adept writers, truly and simply inspires.
Date published: 2016-12-13
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Excellent book on writing A really great resource for any aspiring writer, or those who have always wondered how writers do it.
Date published: 2016-11-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Terrific! This is the best book about writing that I have read (& I've read a lot of them). It is both human and helpful. Even if you are not a writer you will like it.
Date published: 2015-03-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Writing with Humanity What strikes me most about this book is how humane it is, how it brims not only with passion for her craft but also compassion for those who practice it and need it, that is to say humanity. This funny and profound book is an affirmation of the strange madness that is the artist's life, and the pathetic, weird and the exalted in all of us.
Date published: 2014-04-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Excellent I've read it and also listened to the audio version. If you like this book you'll love Natalie Goldberg's Writing Down the Bones too.
Date published: 2014-04-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Bird by Bird This is one of the funniest and insightful books I have ever read. I enjoyed it thoroughly!
Date published: 2014-03-13
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Bird by Bird For aspiring writers, this is a great book in getting you inspired and fired up to write. A lot of useful suggestions and tips are shared here. The most important one being how to stay driven to write.
Date published: 2014-01-25
Rated 5 out of 5 by from An easy and meaningful read A must have for writers.
Date published: 2013-11-18
Rated 4 out of 5 by from great book for readers and writers... I’ve been a writer for as long as I can remember. At first I typed my stories on a little portable Brothers typewriter. I remember that it was blue and that you had to really hit the keys hard. When I graduated from high school, my parents gave me an electric typewriter that weighed at least 50 pounds. At the time it was state-of-the-art, honest. I have always wanted to be a writer, a published writer and I guess I am. I’ve written and had things published and even been paid for what I’ve written. Of course the writer’s carrot is the novel and I’ve been slogging away at one – never with the dedication and determination to actually finish it, of course, just enough to say that I’m writing one – for over a decade. Anne Lamott’s book Bird by Bird speaks to writers who care more about the craft and less about the imagined glory. This is not a how-to book. It’s not a book filled with prompts and practical advice about how to write pithy dialogue or set the scene. Still, it’s a wonderful book. " The very first thing I tell me new students on the first day of a workshop is that good writing is about telling the truth." Bird by Bird offers “some instructions on writing and life.” It’s Lamott’s love letter to the written word – and she clearly does love them – the words, I mean. It is laugh – out – loud funny and tender, too. Lamott navigates the writer’s world with a great deal of affection and a healthy dose of tough love. She’s honest about her jealousy when faced with the success of writers she believes to be less talented than she is; she discusses the pitfalls of the blank page; she talks about how to negotiate with your characters. But mostly she talks about why we write (and why we read). She says: "Writing and reading decrease our sense of isolation. They deepen and widen and expand our sense of life: they feed the soul." Writing, says Lamott, is important work. Writers should write, not for the notoriety which they assume comes with publication (and Lamott tells some funny stories about the so-called status of the published author) but because they have to. They want to. They must.
Date published: 2010-05-03
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Even if you dont write - worth the read Funny and readable.
Date published: 2009-10-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from It makes you want to write So different and in a way unique from other writing instruction book, Anne Lamott not only teaches one how to write, but she virtually shared her heart in Bird by Bird. The feelings, the resistance, and confusions are something that could not be easily fixed in the course of writing, but I have found solace in this wonderful little gem.
Date published: 2007-12-30
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Staple of the Writer's Life Buy this book for anyone you know who is a writer. It is a must-have! Lamott tells a wonderful autobiography interspersed with definitive instructions on better writing. Great book, even if you don't write and want to read some good writing.
Date published: 2006-07-11

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From Our Editors

For even the most experienced authors, the prospect of beginning a new project can be daunting, and Anne Lamott's best-selling book has advice on achieving your writerly goals. Her basic philosophy stems from advice that her father gave to her then-10-year-old brother when he was frustrated over an elementary school bird project: "Bird by bird, buddy. Just take it bird by bird." Smart, practical and funny, Bird by Bird can help you deal with any task that seems insurmountable - your kids, your job, your life and even your writing!

Editorial Reviews

"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.