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Bird by Bird: Some Instructions on Writing and Life

By Anne Lamott

ISBN: 9780385480017

Published: 1995

Number of Pages: 239

Edition: 1st

Binding: Paperback


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Product Type: Book

Publisher: Anchor

Description: Think you've got a book inside of you? Anne Lamott isn't afraid to help you let it out. She'll help you find your passion and your voice, beginning from the first really crummy draft to the peculiar letdown of publication. Readers will be reminded of the energizing books of writer Natalie Goldberg and will be seduced by Lamott's witty take on the reality of a writer's life, which has little to do with literary parties and a lot to do with jealousy, writer's block and going for broke with each paragraph. Marvelously wise and best of all, great reading.


Library of Congress Control Number
   - LC control Number:  95010225
   - LC control Number: 95010225

International Standard Book Number: 03854800160385480016 :9780385480017

Level of Bibliographic Control and Coding Detail: ht/ht(ht)

Library of Congress Call Number
   - Classification number: PN147
   - Item number: .L315 1995

Dewey Decimal Classification Number
   - Edition number: 20
   - Classification number: 808/.02

Main Entry - Personal Name
   - Personal name: Lamott, Anne
   - Personal name: Lamott, Anne.

Title Statement
   - Title: Bird by bird :
   - Remainder of title: some instructions on writing and life /
   - Statement of responsibility, etc.: Anne Lamott
   - Statement of responsibility, etc.: Anne Lamott.

Varying Form of Title
   - Title proper/short title: Some instructions on writing and life

Edition Statement: 1st Anchor Books ed1st Anchor Books ed.

Publication, Distribution, etc. (Imprint)
   - Place of publication, distribution, etc.: New York :
   - Name of publisher, distribution, etc.: Anchor Books,
   - Date of publication, distribution, etc.: 1995
   - Date of publication, distribution, etc.: 1995.

Projected Publication Date: 9510

Physical Description
   - Extent: p. cm.
   - Extent: xxxi, 239 p.
   - Extent: xxxi, 239 p. ;
   - Extent: xxxi,239p. ;
   - Dimensions: 21 cm
   - Dimensions: 21 cm.

General Note: Originally published: New York : Pantheon Books, 1994Originally published: New York : Pantheon Books, 1994.

Bibliography, etc. Note
   - Bibliography: Includes bibliographical references.

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 classWriting. 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.

Summary, etc.: The author of five books, including the novels Hard Laughter, Rosie and Joe Jones, offers an "inspiring book about writing as a way of finding truth" (San Francisco Chronicle). "A reveille to get off our duffs and start writing now, while we still can".--Seattle Times. "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.'"The author of five books, including the novels Hard Laughter, Rosie and Joe Jones, offers an "inspiring book about writing as a way of finding truth" (San Francisco Chronicle). "A reveille to get off our duffs and start writing now, while we still can".--Seattle Times. "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.'"

Subject Added Entry - Topical Term
   - Topical term or geographic name entry element: Authorship
   - Topical term or geographic name entry element: Authorship.
   - Form subdivision: Handbooks, manuals, etc.
   - General subdivision: Handbooks, manuals, etc
   - General subdivision: Handbooks, manuals, etc.

Index Term - Genre/Form
   - Source of term: local
   - Genre/form data or focus term: Handbooks.


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