Wednesday, April 6, 2016

#Book #Review: Bird by Bird -Anne Lamott

4 out of 5 stars

Good for: Writers and people who teach writing. It had a lot of sage advice, was very funny, and the chapter topics would work well for teachers who want to address certain common writing topics and techniques.

Not good for: People offended by inappropriate humor...enough said

Some gems:

Write the same time every day.

A writer is...equal parts hideous conceit and low self-esteem.

At times when you’re working, you’ll sit there feeling hung over and bored, you may or may not be able to pull yourself up out of it that day. But it is a fantasy to think that successful writers have never had these bored, defeated hours, these hours of deep insecurity when one feels as small and as jumpy as a water bug.

Almost everything you think publication will do for you is a fantasy, a hologram—

In writing and in life… “Driving a car at night, you can see only as far as your headlights, but you can make the whole trip that way.” (E.L. Doctorow)

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. It is no wonder if we sometimes tend to take ourselves perhaps a bit too seriously. Kory adds: and why we find the task goddamn exhausting.

1 comment:

  1. I love these quotes. I'm sold and must get this book next.