LKSalmonson, September 24, 2010 (view all comments by LKSalmonson)
I consider that Bird by Bird is a fantasy. It has little relevance to me. It is particularist (against searching for scientific generalizations and realism). In spite of her repeatedly urging truth, she is against scientific truth. Bird by Bird says that every creative writer should have had an unhappy childhood or dysfunctional life. I myself had an idyllic childhood and am always happy to be a spiritual elder for Mother Earth. I think that teachers like her are working against Mother Earth.
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kkd, January 3, 2010 (view all comments by kkd)
This is a life changer. A book about writing your life, in words. Humorous, insightful, human. One to have on every bookshelf available...ready to reference and ready to give away.
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azmilligan, May 13, 2008 (view all comments by azmilligan)
I read this book while in college for a writing class. I have gone back and reread this book time and time again when I have needed the inspiration and motivation to keep writing, even when I just don't feel like it. I enjoy Anne Lamott's writing style a great deal. I recommend this book to anyone that asks for a book on writing.
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gingersnap157, November 6, 2007 (view all comments by gingersnap157)
Anne Lamott is insightful and down-to-earth in Bird by Bird. Her unconventional teaching methods are inspirational. It's like she's in the room with you having conversation as you read. Lamott gets down to the nitty-gritty, your deepest insecurities in this book. She uses personal anecdotes with a touch of self-depreciating humor to subside beginner's fears and remind seasoned writers it's good to write really bad first drafts.
Get Bird by Bird. Lamott will inspire you to write, read and write some more.
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S.Elliott, May 5, 2007 (view all comments by S.Elliott)
Any writer must read this book. It is a must. Buy it, read it, highlight it, love it, keep it again: read it in the tub, on a plane, while driving your car. Buy two copies and put one by your computer and one on your nightstand. That way you can use the one by your computer to guide you and the one by your bed to inspire you.
This book inspired me to write again and her tone and voice and humor makes this incredible. She is funny and real -- like a next door neighbor who sits with you on a patio on a summer night and drinks margaritas while helping you discover your talent.
It is not pretentious at all -- which you find often in other writing books. It's amazing. Incredible. She is so accessible to all.
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by Publishers Weekly,
"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."
by Kirkus Reviews,
"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."
by Library Journal,
"An honest appraisal of what it takes to be a writer and why it matters so much."
by New York Times Book Review,
"Superb writing advice... hilarious, helpful and provocative."
by Los Angeles Times,
"A warm, generous and hilarious guide through the writer's world and its treacherous swamps."
by Seattle Times,
"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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