Bird by Bird - Some Instructions on Writing and Life
Anne Lamott

"The very first thing I tell my new students on the first day of a workshop is that good writing is about telling the truth."

And that's just what Anne Lamott does in this book. Telling some truths about writing.
Like this one:

"Writing can be a pretty desperate endeavor, because it is about some of our deepest needs: our need to be visible, to be heard, our need to make sense of our lives, to wake up and grow and belong."

Or this one:

"Writing is as easy and amusing as washing a cat."

And this one:

"Writing is about learning to pay attention and to communicate what is going on."

more of the book online, here:
read the first pages

another interesting link on writing, from the Mississippi University's Center for Writers:
The 39 Steps: A Primer on Story Writing

about the book:
Anchor, published 1994, 239 pages

about the author:
Anne Lamott, born 1954 in San Francisco, One main theme of her work is her financial and creative struggles as a writer.

Her latest book: "Plan B" (2005)

More About Anne Lamott
An interview with Anne Lamott

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