Bird by Bird: Some Instructions on Writing and Life

Anne Lamott
"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.'"


Reviewed: 2021-07-05
Audiobook - which was well narrated. A book on writing that made me never want to read her oterh written works. While I felt that some of the advice was well founded - and did make me want to write! it often felt too snarky/pessimistic for its own good. Lots of weird racist and xenophobic microaggressions and so much talk of suicide, which I will assume are a product of the time.
Reviewed: 2019-04-30
The first half of this book does what the author intends it to do: promote productivity! A good way to "trick" the mind into getting something out, to write that "shitty first draft."
Reviewed: 2019-03-11

As with all of Anne Lamott's work that I have read, I simply love this little book. Would recommend it highly to aspiring writers of fiction and memoir. A real gem.

Reviewed: 2019-01-15
One of the best books about writing.
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