- Format: Kindle Edition
- File Size: 3311 KB
- Print Length: 274 pages
- Publisher: Anchor; 1 edition (18 Dec. 2007)
- Language: English
- ASIN: B000SEGI8Q
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- Word Wise: Enabled
- Average Customer Review: 92 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #1,866,937 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Bird by Bird: Some Instructions on Writing and Life Kindle Edition
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down with a close friend who shares all of your idiosyncracies and insanities, as well as
your warped sense of humor. Bird by Bird gives Lamott's view of the writing life and
confronts all of the little details and major crises faced by anyone who's ever wanted to
write. Filled with warm and witty anecdotes from her own writing career and from the
classes she teaches, Lamott takes you gently by the hand and then proceeds to push, pull,
or drag you to the pencil or the keyboard because you suddenly feel that you have to write
something, right now! This is a book to keep next to the bed or the computer,
or wherever else you're likely to be when you need a nudge to keep going and a major
dose of inspiration. Read this book with a highlighter grasped tightly in your sweaty palm,
because you're going to want to come back to certain lines over and over again. Highly
The subtitle, "Some Instructions on Writing and Life", ought to have been a warning. But I was overwhelmed by delight in the title itself: Lamott's young brother had, in a single evening, to complete a school project on birds which he should have been writing over the previous three months. "Just take it bird by bird, buddy," was the sensible advice offered by their father.
Lamott herself, however, takes a different line: "just do it my way, buddy". She (presumably; like so many people who write books about how to write novels, I've never even seen one of her novels in a book shop) writes character-driven novels. Therefore, so should we all: don't worry about plot, or settings or anything else, just let your characters do their thing. This is doubtless very good advice for those who also write character-driven fiction, but if you're like me, and begin with a plot and then wonder what sort of people would get into such a ridiculous situation, Ms Lamott is not going to help you much.
I could have dealt with the book and found some useful insights in it were it not for the second problem: "... and Life". Lamott believes in God. Very much. There is far too much stuff here about what God wants for each of us and what each of us wants from God, for this to work for me, or anyone else who doesn't not share or wish to share Lamott's faith. If I wanted a book about fluffy Christianity, I would not have bought a writing book.
I too am always at switch off point when God is mentioned but he is here in a 'and my Mum says' type way.....never forced into the readers face.
This woman is someone you'd meet in starbucks and you'd get talking to her and then inspired by her thoughts on writing.....lovely
But I did enjoy it. Would recommend.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I have many books on writing and this is the first time I have felt compelled to write a negative review. Read morePublished 1 day ago by AMS
The author's experience as a successful writer has been generously shared in the book. Doing well in writing and other spheres of life is just a matter of demonstrating the... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Peter Ogudoro
If you are a writer or know any writers, this is the book they need. It is not a 'How to' or a 'You must and you must not', but no writers life is complete without this book in my... Read morePublished 4 months ago by TildaB
A great, entertaining read which is a reassurance to any aspiring writers finding the going tough.Published 4 months ago by Anne Guerin
Superb, inspirational book for anyone who writes for pleasure or business.Published 4 months ago by Baptiste
What a great book read! Would highly recommend it to anyone. Wonderful!Published 5 months ago by Georgiana