Bird by Bird: Some Instructions on Writing and Life

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Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group, Dec 18, 2007 - Reference - 272 pages
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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.'"
 

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User Review  - ValerieAndBooks - LibraryThing

Bird by Bird was actually a re-read for me. I can't remember the first time I read this (which was sometime in between its publication in 1994 and a few years back), but I liked it well enough then ... Read full review

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User Review  - lucybrown - LibraryThing

There is very little new "advice" in Bird by Bird. What made the book for me was the author's humor and wry outlook. Read full review

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Contents

Getting Started 3 Short Assignments
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Shitty First Drafts 21 Perfectionism
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School Lunches 33 Polaroids
39
Part Twet ršle writing frame of šur D
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Index Cards 133 Calling Around
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Writers Block
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PublicationAND OTHER
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Writing a Present 185 Finding Your Voice
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Publication
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About the author (2007)

Anne Lamott is the New York Times bestselling author of Help, Thanks, Wow; Small Victories; StitchesSome Assembly RequiredGrace (Eventually)Plan BTraveling Mercies; Bird by BirdOperating Instructions, and the forthcoming Hallelujah Anyway. She is also the author of several novels, including Imperfect Birds and Rosie. A past recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship and an inductee to the California Hall of Fame, she lives in Northern California.


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