Anyone who has survived childhood has enough information about life to last him the rest of his days. ~Flannery O’Connor
Anne Lamott’s Bird by Bird is a very great and funny book for aspiring writers, the book contains lots of advice she normally gives her creative writing workshop participants such as Getting started as a writer, Short Assignments, Shitty First Drafts, Writing as a gift, False Starts, Perfectionism, Writers Block, publication, among other insights.
The genesis of the title, Bird by Bird, Anne Lamott writes:
“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 our family 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.'”
Here are my favorite takeaways from reading Bird by Bird: Some Instructions on Writing and Life by Anne Lamott: