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Bird By Bird By Anne Lamott

Reviewing: Anchor Books Bird By Bird By Anne Lamott  |  Rating:
May Monten By May Monten on
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Anne Lamott is a charming writer.

In this book, in a series of short essays, she gives advice for would-be writers.

Much of it is psychological, talking about how to deal with obstacles to good writing such as perfectionism and jealousy. Sometimes she offers specific techniques, saying you should write bad first drafts (she uses a more colorful word than "bad" though, which I don't think I can use here) to get it all down, and not expect it to be any good until the second or third draft.

Reading Lamott is like having a great writing buddy at your side. She tries to demystify the writing process, and she makes you think that you can do it. And she's a pleasure to read -- she writes wonderful prose (though apparently not necessarily on the first draft!) and that in itself is an inspiration.

Recommended for anyone who wants to become a better writer.