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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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Smarkies
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I did not expect this book to be as humorous as it was.
Read for #booked2022 #titlerepeatsitself
@Cinfhen @BarbaraTheBibliophage @4thhouseontheleft

BarbaraTheBibliophage So goooood!! 3mo
Cinfhen Still haven‘t read this one ☝️ I‘ve been meaning too, forever! 3mo
Smarkies @Cinfhen the only reason I picked it up was because of the prompt! 😂😂 3mo
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JoyBlue
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I reread this book—nearly 14 years after my first reading—on the recommendation of author Daniel Pink. Do you have any influencers whose recommendations you often follow? Read my full review here: https://debbybrauer.org/#bird-by-bird-some-instructions-on-wr...

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hissingpotatoes
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2/5⭐ This book is more about finding the spirit to write than about writing itself. Lamott uses humor and many stories from her own life throughout, some parts of which are entertaining. However, some of her comments are racist, and a large chunk of her humor is based on self-deprecation and extreme “jokes“ about suicide, mental illness, and alcohol and other drug abuse. #bookspinbingo

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hissingpotatoes
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You get your confidence and intuition back by trusting yourself, by being militantly on your own side. [...] The rational mind doesn't nourish you. You assume that it gives you the truth, because the rational mind is the golden calf that this culture worships, but this is not true. Rationality squeezes out much that is rich and juicy and fascinating.

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hissingpotatoes
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I think that something similar happens to our psychic muscles. They cramp around our wounds—the pain from our childhood, the losses and disappointments of adulthood, the humiliations suffered in both—to keep us from getting hurt in the same place again, to keep foreign substances out. So those wounds never have a chance to heal. ⬇

hissingpotatoes Perfectionism is one way our muscles cramp. In some cases we don‘t even know that the wounds and the cramping are there, but both limit us. They keep us moving and writing in tight, worried ways. They keep us standing back or backing away from life, keep us from experiencing life in a naked and immediate way. 5mo
readordierachel This book is so good 5mo
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llwheeler
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New books make me happy! Even when I'm trying to reduce the tbr overall. The tagged book is a required text for a course I'm taking, and of course I couldn't buy just one so the Shueng-King came along too. #bookhaul

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fredthemoose
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Pickpick

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ As promised, this was lovely. Highly recommend if you write or think about writing.

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kspenmoll
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Suet624 Such a great one. 9mo
BookishBelle Love this one and anything else by Ms. Lamott. Might be time for a reread. 🤔 9mo
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks 📚🐦🙌🏻 9mo
Eggs Beautiful! 9mo
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GatheringBooks
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kspenmoll
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#bird #day5

Just adore this book and it‘s author!

Suet624 Same here. 13mo
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Beautiful photo 🐦📚 13mo
Eggs Nice! 🧡🦜🧡 13mo
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Tattooedteacher
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#curiouscovers This is a wonderful book.

KathyWheeler It really is. This and Stephen King‘s On Writing are my two favorite books about writing — partially because they are about so much more than writing but still have practical advice for writers. (edited) 13mo
Eggs Writing and Living are eternally entwined ♥️🐦💙 13mo
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jenniferajanes
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I first read this book in college, and I revisit it regularly. It has an irreverent tone that I find endearing, and it‘s full of wit and wisdom about reading, writing, and life. Narrator Susan Bennett does a fantastic job with the #audiobook on #Audible. (I also have paperback and Kindle copies of this book. I‘m slightly obsessed.)

SamAnne Includes great writing advice. Loved this one. 1y
jenniferajanes @SamAnne Yay! A fellow enthusiast. 🥰 1y
kspenmoll She is wonderful and wise. Great book about life & writing. 1y
jenniferajanes @kspenmoll Absolutely! 🙏🏻📚 1y
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Kangaj1
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My April #bookspin #bookspinbingo @TheAromaofBooks

Some of the books are in transit at the library, so I may end up swapping out if I don't get them in time.

TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!! 1y
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valeriegeary
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Any Littens doing NaNoWriMo this month? We're at the halfway mark...How's it going? I'm playing along for the first time this year and so far it's been a really good experience. I've added 26000 words to a book I started working on in September and I'm trying to finish it by the end of the month. We'll see what happens. I'll be happy enough to hit 50k but bonus would be to finish the draft. 🤞🏻🤞🏻🤞🏻

SamAnne Love that writing book! 2y
valeriegeary @SamAnne definitely one of my faves! 2y
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PernilleHughes
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About to start this one, on the recommendation of the lovely Kirsty Greenwood. Anyone read it?

kspenmoll It‘s fabulous!!! 2y
SamAnne It is so great. Whenever I‘m feeling overwhelmed by tasks, I say to myself “Bird by bird, bird by bird. 2y
staci.reads It's great! 2y
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sarahbarnes
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I cannot believe I‘ve never read this book. I‘ve already died laughing several times in the first two chapters. Also, “Tidiness suggests that something is as good as it‘s going to get.” ❤️ Pictured with some new coffee from Ecuador and roasted here in Morrison, CO! ☕️

SamAnne Yes, love this one too! 2y
Suet624 Such a good book. ❤️❤️ 2y
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RinaBrahmbhattBarot
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Pickpick

Loving it!

kspenmoll Such a wonderful book! 2y
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charl08
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I'm getting there... (Challenge for the year - read my own shelves)

Susanita You picked a good year for this challenge! 2y
charl08 @Susanita it would be even better if I didn't keep buying new books! 2y
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charl08
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You can't stop the raging storm...

UwannaPublishme 🙌🏻🙌🏻🙌🏻 2y
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charl08
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And I don't think you have that kind of time either. I don't think you have time to waste not writing because you are afraid you won't be good at it, and I don't think you have time to waste on someone who does not respond to you with kindness and respect. You don't want to spend your time around people who make you hold your breath. You can't fill up when you're holding your breath. And writing is about filling up...

kspenmoll The best book❤️ 2y
charl08 @kspenmoll I wasn't expecting it to be so funny, as well as insightful. 2y
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Victoriahoperose
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Great writing and very good advice for people who want to write. Very interesting and fun to read!

SamAnne I love this book! A really great writing advice book. Whenever I‘m overwhelmed by a project I chant to myself: Bird by bird, bird by bird. And cheers to shitty first drafts. 2y
Victoriahoperose @SamAnne I love that!!! ❤️❤️❤️ 2y
Smrloomis Completely agree! @SamAnne I still remember the bird by bird part too 😄 2y
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charl08
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To be engrossed by something outside ourselves is a powerful antidote for the rational mind...

LauraBrook Colo-rectal theology will be my new favorite phrase! ❤️ 2y
charl08 @LauraBrook This book is full of great advice 👍 2y
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sarahgreatlove
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Wow. My second book for my 12 months project where I read a book on creativity a month and apply what it says. “Truth seems to want expression... when you open the closet door, and let what was inside out, you can get a rush of liberation and even joy.
If you bring forth what is inside you, what you bring forth will save you. If you don‘t bring forth what is inside you, what you bring forth can destroy you.” Thank you Anne. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

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UnRuLee
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Finally got around to reading this classic for writers. I got a little bored of Lamott‘s predictions about self-loathing and obsessiveness, but beyond that, she has some deeply insightful things to say about the writing life.

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TK-421
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“For some of us, books are as important as almost anything else on earth. What a miracle it is that out of these small, flat, rigid squares of paper unfolds world after world after world, worlds that sing to you, comfort and quiet or excite you. Books help us understand who we are and how we are to behave.” #Miracle #QuotsyMar20

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CaseyMoore
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I was getting some stuff organized. Notebooks from 2009 to 2020.

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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 2y
WorldsOkayestStepMom I don't, but now I want to! I never even thought about doing it! 2y
Prairiegirl_reading I always intend to but I never do! 😕 2y
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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. 2y
goodbyefrancie @WorldsOkayestStepMom @Prairiegirl_reading I always think I will remember a line, and then don't. I just wish I had started this sooner. 2y
Prairiegirl_reading @goodbyefrancie I always think that too but I have no idea why because I have the worst memory!! Lol! 2y
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. 2y
Lcsmcat That‘s a beautiful journal! 2y
goodbyefrancie @Augustdana That sounds wonderful and creative, making it extra special. 2y
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. 2y
Zoes_Human That is a gorgeous blank book btw! 2y
goodbyefrancie @Zoes_Human I love your 'system'! This journal was a holiday gift to myself. 🙂 2y
Mccall0113 Terrific idea! 2y
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. 2y
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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💖💖 2y
smjohns Love it!!! 2y
Just_reading Oh my - I want one! 2y
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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. 😊 3y
charl08 I'm reading bird by bird at the moment - so accessible and funny. 3y
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DimeryRene
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This book is giving me life!! My heart needed to hear all of this!

Linsy 🙌 3y
Suet624 Love this book. 💕💕 2y
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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 ❤️❤️❤️ 3y
Linsy 🙌 3y
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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

bibliobard I have been reading this as well and definitely think it offers some good insight. 3y
merelybookish I taught comp for years and found her shitty first draft helped a lot of writers. Especially the perfectionists! 3y
CindyMyLifeIsLit @Shakespearience @merelybookish I‘m only on page 27 but have already used a significant number of post-it flags! 😁 3y
bibliobard @merelybookish I love having my comp students read that one! 3y
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. 3y
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bibliobard
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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 3y
bibliobard @StayCurious OMG I didn‘t even notice that 😄 3y
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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 3y
Cinfhen Truth 3y
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bibliobard
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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 🎈 3y
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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! 3y
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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 3y
Michellekidwell I did as well, years ago and have read it over many times since! 3y
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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 ❤️❤️❤️ 3y
vkois88 A great layout. Knitting is fun too!! Though whenever I do it, I usually cheat and use a loom 😂 3y
CoffeeNBooks Great picture! 3y
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CrowCAH
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vivastory It sounds like you are making serious headway! 3y
Cinfhen Yup!!! What @vivastory said 👆🏼 3y
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