Best Audience: Recovering blocked writers, students and others who fear to let their inner authors loose, and anyone else who wants to delve into the sometimes challenging and sometimes agnsty life of the Writer
When I initially read Bird by Bird: Some Instructions on Writing and Life by Anne Lamott, I was put off by what to me felt like a 12-step program approach to writing. A older and wiser writer friend of mine at the time encouraged me to look beyond my objections and give it another go. I’m glad she did because it turns out that Lamott’s take on dealing with some of the crazy ideas and rules we impose on writing, writers, and the writer’s life has been more beneficial than I had imagined it would ever have been.
Bird by Bird is a collection of memoirs and practical advice based on Lamott’s life as a writer. She offers up detailed and delightful personal stories that illustrate the many ironies, twists, and turns of giving yourself to the craft of writing. Through her work, those of us who have lived the dramatic, emotional, sometimes baffling aspects of being a writer (even if you’re unpublished, aspiring, or just beginning) get the gift of realizing that we’re neither alone nor going at it in vain. Published pros and beginners alike often face many of the demons Lamott covers on their paths. If you’re a writer or beloved one a writer, Bird by Bird offers insight and commiseration on an artistic, creative, dramatic path that’s often overlooked and misunderstood by the rest of the world. If writing often overwhelms you, Anne Lamott’s Bird by Bird: Some Instructions on Writing and Life will most certainly help you get your feet on the ground and moving forward once again.
Bottom Line: Bird by Bird: Some Instructions on Writing and Life by Anne Lamott has earned a permanent place on my bookshelf.
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