“Bird by Bird”— a Bestseller that Turns Amateurs into Exceptional Writers

By the one and only Anne Lamott

Sylvia Dziuba
Writers’ Blokke

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Anne Lamott is a true craftsman of words. She turns sentences into lyrics that form a melody in your mind as you absorb the myriad of irresistible laugh-out-loud stories interwoven with brilliant advice.

Her book, “Bird by Bird,” is filled with easy-to-follow, step-by-step instructions on how to be an effective writer, technique-wise and heart-wise. She helps aspiring authors become serious about their writing, all the while teaching them how to completely let go — not an easy feat.

What the book offers

Lamott has a dark sense of humour that I find absolutely irresistible. Her writing is to the point, witty and utterly intoxicating. I couldn’t put the book down. Reading it made me feel … happy, sad, compassionate, entertained and most importantly, wiser.

She doesn’t promise new writers book advances overflowing with milk and honey — she lays out the reality of a writer’s life in its rawest form. And she should know, Lamott’s father was a successful writer. She saw him work on one book after another, never making enough for a wealthy retirement but enough to put food on the table.

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Sylvia Dziuba
Writers’ Blokke

Journalist & Design Critic. I write and speak about #architecture #interiors & #objects.