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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.'"

With this basic instruction always in mind, Anne Lamott returns to offer us a new gift: a step-by-step guide on how to write and on how to manage the writer's life. From "Getting Started," with "Short Assignments," through "Shitty First Drafts," "Character," "Plot," "Dialogue," all the way from "False Starts" to "How Do You Know When You're Done?" Lamott encourages, instructs, and inspires. She discusses "Writer's Block," "Writing Groups," and "Publication." Bracingly honest, she is also one of the funniest people alive.

If you have ever wondered what it takes to be a writer, what it means to be a writer, what the contents of your school lunches said about what your parents were really like, this book's for you. From faith, love, and grace to pain, jealousy, and fear, Lamott insists that you keep your eyes open, and then shows you how to survive. And always, from the life of the artist she turns to the art of life.

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"Lamott's miscellany of guidance and reflection should appeal to writers struggling with demons large and slight....Lamott's suggestion on the craft of fiction is down-to-earth: worry about the characters, not the plot." Publishers Weekly

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"Paragraph by paragraph, this humorous, insightful, no-nonsense approach will remind novices why they are writing: to tell the truth, to live from the heart, and to share their gift with others. A writer's guide that is bound to teach and inspire by example." Kirkus Reviews

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"An honest appraisal of what it takes to be a writer and why it matters so much." Library Journal

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"Superb writing advice... hilarious, helpful and provocative." New York Times Book Review

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

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"A gift to all of us mortals who write or ever wanted to write...[S]idesplittingly 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

About the Author

Anne Lamott lives with her son, Sam, in northern California. She is the author of several books, including the novels Hard Laughter, Rosie, Joe Jones, and All New People, as well as the nonfiction Operating Instructions: A Journal of My Son's First Year.

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Katsuya, December 27, 2012 (view all comments by Katsuya)
After so many books about how fun and easy writing can be, it's great to have a book that shows how painful and difficult it really is. Lamott puts a premium on discipline, the discipline of writing every day at a set time and trying hard to get the first draft out, no matter how bad it may be. This message may not be news to most, but along with the added info that neurosis and writing go hand in hand, Lamott is not here to inform, she's here to encourage. She's a real teacher, someone who isn't just trying to show you how to get to where you're going, but also to help you restart if you've missed a step. She's also very funny and a good writer to boot so the book was an absolute pleasure to read. Pick it up when you're feeling down
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Kelly L, August 5, 2012 (view all comments by Kelly L)
Instead of paying for an MFA or a writing degree, read Anne Lamott's priceless book. She gives some of the best and liveliest advice on how to write and how to live. It's a book worth reading every year.
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Erica Grevemeyer, April 12, 2012 (view all comments by Erica Grevemeyer)
Write "Shitty first drafts!" -- I LOVE it!!
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780385480017
Author:
Lamott, Anne
Publisher:
Anchor Books
Author:
Lamott, Anne
Location:
New York :
Subject:
Handbooks, manuals, etc.
Subject:
Writing Skills
Subject:
Authorship
Subject:
Composition & Creative Writing
Subject:
Authorship -- Handbooks, manuals, etc.
Subject:
Composition & Creative Writing - General
Subject:
Reference/Writing
Subject:
writing;non-fiction;memoir;essays;reference;humor;creativity;autobiography;on writing;creative writing;inspiration;advice;how-to;philosophy;writing instruction;biography;writers;fiction;life;writing advice;essay;self-help;instruction;instructional;authors
Subject:
writing;non-fiction;memoir;essays;reference;humor;creativity;autobiography;on writing;creative writing;inspiration;advice;how-to;philosophy;writing instruction;biography;writers;fiction;life;writing advice;essay;self-help;instruction;instructional;authors
Subject:
writing;non-fiction;memoir;essays;reference;humor;creativity;autobiography;on writing;creative writing;inspiration;advice;how-to;philosophy;writing instruction;biography;writers;fiction;life;writing advice;essay;self-help;instruction;instructional;authors
Copyright:
Edition Number:
Reprint ed.
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Publication Date:
September 1995
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Pages:
272
Dimensions:
8.04x5.20x.58 in. .43 lbs.

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Product details 272 pages Anchor Books/Doubleday - English 9780385480017 Reviews:
"Review" by , "Lamott's miscellany of guidance and reflection should appeal to writers struggling with demons large and slight....Lamott's suggestion on the craft of fiction is down-to-earth: worry about the characters, not the plot."
"Review" by , "Paragraph by paragraph, this humorous, insightful, no-nonsense approach will remind novices why they are writing: to tell the truth, to live from the heart, and to share their gift with others. A writer's guide that is bound to teach and inspire by example."
"Review" by , "An honest appraisal of what it takes to be a writer and why it matters so much."
"Review" by , "Superb writing advice... hilarious, helpful and provocative."
"Review" by , "A warm, generous and hilarious guide through the writer's world and its treacherous swamps."
"Review" by , "A gift to all of us mortals who write or ever wanted to write...[S]idesplittingly funny, patiently wise and alternately cranky and kind — a reveille to get off our duffs and start writing now, while we still can."
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