BIRD BY BIRD by Anne Lamott


By Miranda Boyer

I read this book years ago after finding it on the back of the bathroom toilet. My roommate had left it there and so admittedly my first go around with Anne Lamott’s BIRD BY BIRD was that copy. It’s been six or seven years since I’ve read it but I can say it was just as good the second time as it was the first time around.


Anne Lamott talks about more than just writing in her book, she hits on all the reasons that people want to write. She talks about how life imitates art. About collecting nuts, as my friend Hazel says, from our life experiences and using it in our writing thus making us better storytellers. I’ve always called this adding to your creative pool. However you label this act of gathering experience, we each need to keep doing this.

Anne hits on a number of topics that new writers want to hear about, from publishing, agents, writer’s block, storytelling, and getting your first bad review. BIRD BY BIRD is a tell all no-holds bar look into one writer’s life. She shares her own experiences so that you might better from them.

If you have a few hours to spare, I’d recommend picking this one up and adding it your collection. It’s filled with timeless information and funny tidbits on writing. Much enjoyed.


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