Day 14 – Bird By Bird by Ann Lamott
BIRD BY BIRD: Some Instructions on Writing and Life
One of my two favorite writing books.
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.'”
Love, love, love this book. I love what it says about writing, and what it says about life, and what it says about the writing life.
So what about you? Do you have favorite writing books or life manuals?
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