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Bird by bird : some instructions on writing and life / Anne Lamott.

Lamott, Anne. (Author).


This volume presents the author's offbeat wisdom about how to write. She recounts her personal experiences to reveal her writing techniques and how she overcomes obstacles that interfere with the writing flow. The author offers concrete suggestions about character, plot, setting, and other topics of interest to writers. She also offers irreverent advice about how to navigate through the dark underbelly feelings of self-doubt, inadequacy, and jealousy that are inevitable parts of any writer's experience. Her humorous advice is based on her own experience and honest self-analysis which provides writers the necessary perspective to keep writing through the difficult times that all writers encounter.

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  • ISBN: 0385480016
  • ISBN: 9780385480017
  • ISBN: 9781439558164
  • ISBN: 1439558167
  • Physical Description: xxxi, 239 pages ; 21 cm
  • Edition: 1st Anchor Books editrion
  • Publisher: New York : Anchor Books, [1995].

Content descriptions

General Note:
Originally published: New York : Pantheon Books, 1994.
Formatted Contents Note:
Writing. Getting started -- Short assignments -- Shitty first drafts -- Perfectionism -- School lunches -- Polaroids -- Character -- Plot -- Dialogue -- Set design -- False starts -- Plot treatment -- How do you know when you're done? -- The writing frame of mind. Looking around -- The moral point of view -- Broccoli -- Radio Station KFKD -- Jealousy -- Help along the way. Index cards -- Calling around -- Writing groups -- Someone to read your drafts -- Letters -- Writer's block -- Publication and other reasons to write. Writing a present -- Finding your voice -- Giving -- Publication --The last class.
Subject: Authorship > Handbooks, manuals, etc.

Available copies

  • 1 of 1 copy available at Kirtland Community College.


  • 0 current holds with 1 total copy.
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Kirtland Community College Library PN 147 .L36 1995 30775305491319 General Collection Available -

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