Bird by Bird
Some Instructions on Writing and Life
by Anne Lamott
Have you ever noticed that Bird by Bird is one the most recommended books about writing? Although I cannot remember where the recommendation came from for me, it is the very first book I read about writing. This is the book where “shitty first drafts’ comes from -I tell everyone that it’s a technical term.
I was just going through the book again just to tell you about the chapters -I actually read it in 2007 -and ended up reading it again. Anne Lamott’s swift, witty, honest and approachable writing style draws you in. You literally hear her voice instructing, encouraging and ultimately inspiring you.
Bird by Bird is not only a step-by-step guide on how to write but it also offers help to manage the writer’s life. Maybe it is more about life than writing but it’s still good. The chapters include:
Part One: Writing
Shitty First Drafts
How Do You Know When You’re Done?
Part Two: The Writing Frame of Mind
The Moral Point of View
Radio Station KFKD
Part Three: Help Along the Way
Someone to Read Your Drafts
Part Four: And Other Reasons to Write
Writing a Present
Finding Your Voice