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Bird by Bird
Bird by Bird: Some Instructions on Writing and Life | Anne Lamott
"Thirty years ago my older brother, who was ten years old at the time, was trying to get a report on birds written that he'd had three months to write. It was due the next day. We were out at ourfamily cabin in Bolinas, and he was at the kitchen table close to tears, surrounded by binder paper and pencils and unopened books on birds, immobilized by the hugeness of the task ahead. Then my father sat down beside him, put his arm around my brother's shoulder, and said, 'Bird by bird, buddy. Just take it bird by bird.'"From the Trade Paperback edition.
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goodbyefrancie
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Anyone else keep a journal of favorite lines or passages from books? I've just started doing this, but I so wish I had started years ago. I would love to revisit lines that spoke to me at other stages of my life.

Hoopiefoot I try to write them down in my journal but I love the idea of keeping a separate quotes notebook 1w
WorldsOkayestStepMom I don't, but now I want to! I never even thought about doing it! 1w
Prairiegirl_reading I always intend to but I never do! 😕 1w
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goodbyefrancie @Hoopiefoot I have tried that, too. I feel like I forget to do it well, so hopefully this will help. 1w
goodbyefrancie @WorldsOkayestStepMom @Prairiegirl_reading I always think I will remember a line, and then don't. I just wish I had started this sooner. 1w
Prairiegirl_reading @goodbyefrancie I always think that too but I have no idea why because I have the worst memory!! Lol! 1w
Augustdana I have one!!! Some people call it a commonplace book, mine is just a small notebook that I decorate with washi tape but keep it simple. 1w
Lcsmcat That‘s a beautiful journal! 1w
goodbyefrancie @Augustdana That sounds wonderful and creative, making it extra special. 1w
Zoes_Human Yes! I have books of just quotes, a reading journal for notes on my “main“ book, and a “learning“ journal for notes on whatever I'm studying plus miscellaneous thoughts. 1w
Zoes_Human That is a gorgeous blank book btw! 1w
goodbyefrancie @Zoes_Human I love your 'system'! This journal was a holiday gift to myself. 🙂 1w
Mccall0113 Terrific idea! 1w
Zoes_Human @goodbyefrancie Thanks!

I have a ridiculous love for blank books and kept buying them despite having no plan for them. It took DECADES of playing around to find what works for me.
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Curiouser_and_curiouser Gorgeous book, good luck on your quote noting journey! Years ago, when I was an avid reader, BC (Before Children), I used to always carry a pencil pen with me when reading, to underline my favorite parts in books. So now when I flip through my books I see what stood out for me at the time (and I can also see where I stopped reading a book too). It only worked for my own books, not library books of course. 5d
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goodbyefrancie
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Finished my puzzle, finished an audiobook, and halfway through another. Lazy day well spent. I usually pass puzzles on to my in-laws, but I'll be keeping this one.

Crazeedi Great puzzle! Love it💖💖 1w
smjohns Love it!!! 1w
Just_reading Oh my - I want one! 1w
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goodbyefrancie
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1. Promise Me, Dad by Joe Biden; Fat City by Leonard Gardner; Bird by Bird by Anne Lamott; Tinkers by Paul Harding; and a chapter here and there of How Not to Die by Michael Gregor and Gene Stone.
2. Started the year with some reassurance on audio from Anne Lamott: Stitches and Almost Everything, both on January 1st.
3. Try to read more of what I have before buying new. Running out of room for new books. 🤷‍♀️

#weekendreads
@rachelsbrittain

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MrBook
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Replenishment for my #NaNoWriMo Display! 😁

Have you read or used any of these?!

#LitsyLovesLibraries #MrBooksDisplays

Palimpsest I love Bird by Bird. 😊 2mo
charl08 I'm reading bird by bird at the moment - so accessible and funny. 2mo
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DimeryRene
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This book is giving me life!! My heart needed to hear all of this!

Linsy 🙌 2mo
Suet624 Love this book. 💕💕 3w
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charl08
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...for some of us, books are as important as anything else on earth.

This book on writing is every bit as good as everyone on LT said it was (I meant to pick it up sooner).

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jb72
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#nanowrimo #annelamott

Advice in an article by Anne Lamott.

wanderinglynn ❤️❤️❤️ 3mo
Linsy 🙌 3mo
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LauraAndTaraAndBooks
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🖤💜🖤

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CindyMyLifeIsLit
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Pickpick

Has some great tips on writing!

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yourfavouritemixtape
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Mehso-so

I read this in a span of about half a year. It started quite well and I took notes with loads of things that I could see myself go back to. But then it kind of fizzled out a bit and became more about the author and her story.

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CindyMyLifeIsLit
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Getting ready to teach creative writing again this year! I‘ve heard that this book offers some great insight. I need to up my game—some of the kids coming in this year are talented writers and I need to be able to challenge them. #teachersoflitsy

Shakespearience I have been reading this as well and definitely think it offers some good insight. 5mo
merelybookish I taught comp for years and found her shitty first draft helped a lot of writers. Especially the perfectionists! 5mo
CindyMyLifeIsLit @Shakespearience @merelybookish I‘m only on page 27 but have already used a significant number of post-it flags! 😁 5mo
Shakespearience @merelybookish I love having my comp students read that one! 5mo
KathyWheeler Her advice to take things in short bits so you don‘t get overwhelmed was useful to me. The idea of a book frightened me, when I was writing my theses, but thinking about as as writing separate papers for each chapter allowed me to finish it. 5mo
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Shakespearience
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Pile on the left: Current Reads. Pile on the right: Books Read in July. This doesn‘t include the children‘s book I read for #BBRC nor does it have the books for #LMPBC which were mailed off earlier this month! But still holy crap this was a lot of reading!

StayCurious And they‘re all blue lol 6mo
Shakespearience @StayCurious OMG I didn‘t even notice that 😄 6mo
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LiterRohde
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“Writing and reading decrease our sense of isolation. They deepen and widen and expand our sense of life: they feed the soul.”

#WanderingJune | 6: #LetsGetLost

📷: Made with Typorama

Crazeedi This was our text in my creative writing class in college 8mo
Cinfhen Truth 8mo
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Shakespearience
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A small shopping trip today to get my LGBT Book Club June/July reads and picked up a book I have been thinking of adding to my Composition course. #tbr #bookhaul #lgbtreads

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frenky_muller
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It's strange. I can say that I like this book. But at the same time this author is not my cup of tea... coffee... whatever. Interesting feeling.

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NeamhainHughes
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It‘s nearly 80° F here today (unusual for the USA Pacific NW coast) and I‘ve been soaking up the warm sea breeze and already today read half of this book. Its delightful and inspiring. And I‘m drinking a ton of raspberry iced tea.

Eggs Welcome to Litsy 🎈 8mo
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jmtrivera
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Playing catch-up during naptime. This is a book with a #Birds title and cover I've been dying to re-read! I need the writing inspiration. #SpringIntoReading

vkois88 I tried to catch up during naptime but it didn't go well! 9mo
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Denisereads75
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I love this quote from Anne Lamott from her book on writing, Bird by Bird. It‘s exactly how I feel about reading! 📚📚

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Michellekidwell
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One of the best books on the writing processs

Crazeedi Yes, we read this in our creative writing class 11mo
Michellekidwell I did as well, years ago and have read it over many times since! 11mo
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amyf0x
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Pickpick

A lovely guide on writing that uses the author‘s own life experiences to highlight more practical tips for aspiring writers.

Red February 6-10
Book 10/55

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farrahkohn
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“Bird by Bird” is the only book in this stack I have read twice, and peruse sections of often when I need encouragement about my own writing. Plus, knitting needles. Knitting is another of my pastimes!

#literarylove

Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks So pretty ❤️❤️❤️ 12mo
vkois88 A great layout. Knitting is fun too!! Though whenever I do it, I usually cheat and use a loom 😂 12mo
CoffeeNBooks Great picture! 11mo
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vivastory It sounds like you are making serious headway! 12mo
Cinfhen Yup!!! What @vivastory said 👆🏼 12mo
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Justbtzioni
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A book about life through the eyes of an author.

Anne Lamott is quirky, funny and poignant about life. Her writing style in this book brings the reader into the awe of imagined realities and then returns him to earth gently with her wit.

This book on the realities of writing is an excellent commentary on life and I highly recommend it

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RachelAmphlett
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TK-421 Beautiful! 12mo
RachelAmphlett @TK-421 thank you, that‘s very kind! 12mo
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Avidreader25
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Pickpick

Packed to the brim with advice for writers, this nonfiction book provides life advice as well. It‘s the first I‘ve ever read from this author and her descriptions leave me wanting to read more. Anyone have anything else by her to recommend?

MsShanOD Traveling Mercies is a terrific read. I like her nonfiction more than the fiction. 12mo
Avidreader25 @MsShanOD Thank you! I‘ll add that one to my TBR. 12mo
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YouReadMyEyes
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Happy Sunday!

Puzzles and audiobooks make me 😁😁😁

#birdbybird #puzzle #thenewyorker #doglover

Tamra That one is adorable! 13mo
AmyG I just love New Yorker covers. ❤️ 13mo
LeslieO I 💜Bird by Bird! 13mo
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JennyM
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#WinterWonderland

Taking one #BirdOfParadise at a time 🐦

batsy Great pick! I love this book. 14mo
JennyM @batsy me, too. I think she‘s awesome!! 14mo
TrishB Not familiar with this one. 14mo
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Cinfhen I‘ve heard amazing things about this book & the author!!!! Another book I MUST get to!!!! 14mo
JennyM @Cinfhen lol...if only there were more time each day! I think you‘d enjoy @TrishB 14mo
TrishB It looks interesting 👍🏻 14mo
Suet624 I love her and this book with a passion. 13mo
JennyM @Suet624 she‘s the best! 13mo
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Wellreadhead
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jenniferajanes ❤️ that book! I have no idea how many times I‘ve read it! 14mo
AmyG I adore Anne ❤️ 14mo
RaimeyGallant So good! 14mo
Wellreadhead It‘s definitely a book that begs to be read over and over again. 14mo
TheUnpopularReader Great book 👍🏻 14mo
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SaunteringVaguelyDownwards
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I love that the new branch of the library has only been open for 10 days and the librarians already recognize me when I come in to #work on my dissertation in the study rooms. I also really enjoy making my to do lists on the wall and crossing them off!

#work #gratitude30 #librariesareawesome

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rachelsbrittain
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📚Bird by Bird by Anne Lamott-- helped me so much as a young writer

📚Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone by J. K. Rowling-- my comfort series

📚The Story of My Life by Helen Keller-- my childhood idol

📚Turtles All The Way Down by John Green-- one of the few books I've read with a character with Anxiety

📚Dumplin' by Julie Murphy-- maybe one of my first reads with body positivity

#sundayfunday @sebrittain

sebrittainclark I've got to read Dumplin before the movie comes out! 14mo
rachelsbrittain @sebrittain you've got like 2 weeks 😅 14mo
sebrittainclark @rachelsbrittain Maybe I'll have to read it after then because 2 weeks seems unlikely. 14mo
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RaimeyGallant
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Anne Lamott is my dream creative writing coach. She wraps up insight with a great bow of commiseration that makes me feel better. After reading this, I'm pretty sure that at some point in my life, I'm going to go out of my way to hear her speak. I laughed a lot throughout, but, during her chapter on publication, until I cried. What makes her humor so great, I think, is because it comes from a really honest, introspective place.

LA_Mead I‘ve got that on my shelf—going to have to read it! 1y
LA_Mead What do you like to write? 1y
RaimeyGallant @LA_Mead I'm writing something that's more up lit (uplifting fiction) at the moment, but I've also written two crime fic books. You? 1y
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LeticiaToraci @RaimeyGallant I love books about writing, Have two shelves full of them. 1y
jenniferajanes I love this book. I can‘t remember how many times I‘ve read it. It‘s nice to know fellow Lamott lovers. 1y
MaGoose I read this book years ago. I'll have to read it again. 1y
Joyfulmimi I loved this 1y
batsy I loved this for the honest humour, as well. 1y
REPollock I oughta reread this. 1y
minkyb Absolutely love her! 12mo
Chelseabillups30 This book was referenced in my church‘s sermon this last Sunday!! 12mo
RaimeyGallant @Chelseabillups30 Cool! Yeah, she's Christian, a very liberal Christian, from what I understand. 12mo
RaimeyGallant @Chelseabillups30 You should tweet at her and tell her. She's on insta too. I'm sure she'd love to hear her writing book was mentioned in a sermon. :) (edited) 12mo
Chelseabillups30 @RaimeyGallant, I don‘t do twitter, but maybe just maybe I‘ll DM her on Instagram! 12mo
RaimeyGallant @Chelseabillups30 Cool. Or add a comment to one of her posts. :) 12mo
Chelseabillups30 I also know my mom is a big fan of her books, and my mom is a fellow bookworm, so I trust her judgement on good reads!! 12mo
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It seems like it wasn‘t long ago that I committed to a year of reading in preparation to fulfill my lifelong ambition of writing a whole, big, grown-up book. Well, thanks to Litsy, that year stretched out to two, as I filled myself with beautiful stories & ideas, enduring truths wrapped up in passionate prose. The more I read, the more inadequate I felt as a writer. But, here I am, stubbornly doing it anyway. 👇

saresmoore Anyhoo, this is just to say thank you to all the exemplary folks I‘ve met through Litsy. This is a unique and wondrous place and you guys are simply the best of the best. ♥️♥️♥️ 1y
LauraBeth I LOVE that you‘re writing! I‘ll be first in line to buy anything you publish. 😘 1y
saresmoore @LauraBeth If anyone is brave enough to publish me, you‘ll get a signed copy fo‘ free! 1y
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sprainedbrain Good for you! I will be an instant fan when you publish. 😃 1y
Moray_Reads I hope you'll share some bits and pieces, you couldn't get a more supportive audience than Litsy! Enjoy it and learn by doing, you'll be great! 1y
RebelReader That‘s awesome! Keep writing and your dream will become reality! 👍🏻👍🏻 1y
Richryan52 Just keep writing. It‘s tough and it‘s lonely but if you persevere you will be glad you did. I know I‘ve been there! 1y
tpixie ♥️❤️♥️ 1y
JackOBotts Keep writing! I admire your commitment. 🤗💜💚 1y
batsy I love and admire that stubborness!! Can't wait till I'm pre-ordering your book 💕 1y
erzascarletbookgasm All the best, don‘t ever stop writing! May you realise your ambition soon. ❤️ 1y
Cathythoughts 👍🏻❤️❤️ 1y
kathedron 1y
LiteraryinLititz You‘re so brave and I‘m sure it will turn out well! 1y
MaureenMc 🙌 1y
mcipher Good for you!! 👏👏 1y
BarbaraBB Keep writing! I am already looking forward to anything you‘ll publish 💕 1y
Redwritinghood You‘ve got this! 💪🏻💪🏻 1y
Kalalalatja You can do it 👏👏👏 1y
LeahBergen I can‘t wait to read your book. 😘😘 1y
valeriegeary 👏👏👏 write on! 1y
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JessReads
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I love this quote from my calendar this month!

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ReadsWritesDrinks
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Prepping for more writing with my new job with this book of solid words from Anne Lamott.

Chelleo Welcome to Litsy! Hope these #Litsytips by @RaimeyGallant http://bit.ly/litsytips and #LitsyHowTo videos: goo.gl/UrCpoU are helpful. There‘s so many fun things to do: book exchanges, buddy reads, photo challenges and more! Check out @LitsyHappenings for details. #LitsyWelcomeWagon 1y
RaimeyGallant I'm reading this right now. And welcome! 1y
ReadsWritesDrinks @RaimeyGallant It‘s a favorite of mine when I need some writing motivation. And thank you! 1y
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Eggs Welcome to Litsy 🎈🎈🎈 1y
Lel2403 Welcome to Litsy 📖 1y
StillLookingForCarmenSanDiego Welcome to Litsy 📖💙 1y
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SShiney
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Pickpick

Loved it! Speaks to the writer's soul and is so motivating.

RaimeyGallant Yes! 14mo
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RaimeyGallant
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My new writerly motto! "...my older brother, who was ten years old at the time, was trying to get a report on birds written that he'd had three months to write, which was due the next day...he was at the kitchen table close to tears, surrounded by binder paper and pencils and unopened books on birds...Then my father sat down beside him, put his arm around my brother's shoulder, and said, 'Bird by bird, buddy. Just take it bird by bird.'"

CocoReads It‘s one of my favorite books about writing! 1y
SomedayAlmost One of my favorites! ❤️ 1y
GingerAntics This is on my TBR. I won‘t get to it before NaNo, but I‘m hoping to have it in my arsenal for next year. 1y
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readordierachel Love that (and your photo)! I have a copy of this, must get to it soon 1y
jmofo This is a good‘n! 1y
Leftcoastzen One of the best writerly books ever. 1y
Bette Great memory! 😊❤️👍 1y
Bookishthoughts That's awesome!😄 1y
Angelaatreadingrock Great book! 1y
kspenmoll Love this book! 1y
Thornsandrosesbooks Love this book! 1y
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Autumnscribe
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Written bird by bird, so to speak, today I finished the first full readable draft of my novel. It only took 8 years. But it is ready for my first reader, my husband. The on to all the editing that is to come.

SMayWrites Congratulations! That's a lot of hard work! What genre is your novel? 1y
Autumnscribe Thanks. It is a fantasy novel. It has been a lot of fun to write, but also fairly maddening. I cannot tell you how many times I have thought about just lighting a match and using it as kindling. Lol. How about you, from your handle/screen name I(and of course your profile) I would guess you share the insanity that comes from needing to write, what do you write? (edited) 1y
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Re the early reviews for her first published book: "The first two notices I got on this tender book I'd written about my dying, now dead father said that my book was a total waste of time, a boring, sentimental, self-indulgent sack of spider puke. This is not verbatim."

Leftcoastzen This is such a wonderful book! 1y
GingerAntics This is on my TBR, but I won't get to it before NaNo 2018. 1y
minkyb Love her! 1y
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Kat_H This has been on my read list for ages! 1y
trickyricky I have been wanting to read this book too but dare I say this book is freaking expensive. 1y
RaimeyGallant @trickyricky I got it used on Amazon. Have you ever requested your library order a book. My library has an online form to make requests. 1y
trickyricky @RaimeyGallant I checked it at the library and they don't have it. But just now I checked olx (it is like Craigslist in India) and found a used copy on sale. So thank you! 1y
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SShiney
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I have my writing group reading discussion books for the next couple of months and my book club book for November!

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SMayWrites
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A Thursday morning #shelfie of some of my favorite books on writing. They're next to a stack of journals, holding years and years worth of ideas.

#writer #onwriting #writingdownthebones #stillwriting

SomedayAlmost My favorite nonfiction book! 1y
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RaimeyGallant
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"People tend to look at successful writers...and think they sit down at their desk every morning...typing fully formed passages as fast as a court reporter. But this is just the fantasy of the uninitiated. I know some very great writers...Not one of them writes elegant first drafts. All right, one of them does, but we do not like her very much." lol

SaunteringVaguelyDownwards It makes me so happy my University incorporated her "Shitty First Drafts" into the required Academic Writing class curriculum. 1y
KathyWheeler This is one of my favorite books about writing. 1y
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hermyknee
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Love this quote by Anne Lamott (art by Dani DiPirro - positivelypresent on IG)

#TellYourStories

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JoScho 💙💙💙 1y
TheBookKeepers Love!! 1y
BiblioLitten Ha!😄💕 1y
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That-Bookish-Hiker 😍😍 1y
Mamashep That is a fantastic quote! 1y
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YourWordsByDesign
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Every word of this is pure gold.

#writer #writinginspiration #amreading #amwriting

RadicalReader @RebeccaWriteAway what language do you know or what to learn? 1y
YourWordsByDesign @RadicalReader I speak Spanish and French and a little Italian, and would love to learn as many languages as possible... Portuguese and Russian are at the top of the list! :) 1y
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CocoReads
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@GingerAntics I see you‘ve found me on the #nanowrimo site. For anyone else who may want another buddy, I‘m cocoreads70 there. I‘ve always gotten a chuckle out of the title of this chapter—it perfectly states what comes out when I sit down to write.

Tanisha_A Enjoy the first drafts! 😀 1y
Readergrrl I use this chapter with my seniors!! What a great book! 1y
CocoReads It really is! 1y
GingerAntics This chapter looks awesome!!! lol 1y
CocoReads It‘s my favorite chapter in the whole book. But the whole book is good, too, and not very long 1y
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BBooks
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Anne Lamont 💙 honest to the core 🎧

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CandycaneBelle
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@Sfbeavers I finally finished the book and it‘s so good! Thanks again!! Here is a pic of my writers notebook where I have kept a list of all the pages I put a 🌟on!

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OriginalCyn620
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Heard many good things about this book, so it‘s my pick this month for #nonfiction2018.

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HannaPolkadots
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Pickpick

Wow, I'm buying this book for everyone I know, I absolutely loved it! It's smart and honest and funny, and even if you have no writing aspirations whatsoever, I think Lamott still manages to make the book relevant. I wanted to end with this quote instead of the book's cover, because this rings true to me 💚💚💚

kathedron How have I not read this already?! 2y
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CandycaneBelle
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“So God made some of us fast in this area of working with words, and he gave us the gift of loving to read with the same kind of passion with which we love nature.” Finding myself in the pages of #books as always. Seeing reasons why I write=priceless #birdbybird #annelamott

CandycaneBelle Finally getting around to this gem from @Sfbeavers! 2y
Sfbeavers I‘m glad you‘re liking it so far! 2y
Christine Anne Lamott ❤️❤️❤️ 2y
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