Bird by Bird by Anne Lamott
Some Instructions on Writing and Life

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"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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About Anne Lamott

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ANNE LAMOTT is the author of the New York Times bestsellers Grace (Eventually), Plan B, Traveling Mercies, and Operating Instructions, as well as seven novels, including Rosie and Crooked Little Heart. A past recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship, she lives in northern California.
 
Published December 18, 2007 by Anchor. 274 pages
Genres: Education & Reference, Biographies & Memoirs, Literature & Fiction, Nature & Wildlife, Science & Math, Crafts, Hobbies & Home, Religion & Spirituality. Non-fiction

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Lamott (Operating Instructions, 1993, etc.) gently explodes the fantasy that writing will solve all of a fledgling author's problems--an ailing bank account, low self-esteem--and at the same time argues that writing ``does turn out to be its own reward.'' Beginning with her first exposure t...

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One of these invaluable tools is a book for writers titled Bird by Bird: Some Instructions on Writing and Life by Anne Lamott.

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"People need us," says Anne Lamott of writers, "to mirror for them and for each other without distortion--not to look around and say, 'Look at yourselves, you idiots!' but to say, 'This is who we are.' " And this is part of her larger belief that "good writing is about telling the truth."

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I enjoyed reading, On Writing by Stephen King so much more than expected, that when I wanted another non-fiction book to read, I just typed in On Writing on Amazon.com to see what other books would come up.

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Pajiba

Reading this book is as though one were sitting through a writing class with Anne Lamott.

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Patheos

They were rejected because one or more of the Six Core Competencies was executed at a level that failed to inspire the agent, editor, or producer to offer a contract….here’s the good news: The knowledge of how to understand and apply the Six Core Competencies of successful storytelling is out there.

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A MUST read for all, whether you write to earn your living, or it is a hobby, or even if you just like to read and think.

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Anne Lamott is one of the most popular spiritual writers in America.

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Only for today, I will devote 10 minutes of my time to some good reading, remembering that just as food is necessary to the life of the body, so good reading is necessary to the life of the soul.

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Some of the biggest writers went through multiple rejections before their books were published, and many writers weren’t published until after they had written a number of books.

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