From the writer of the best-selling OPERATING INSTRUCTIONS comes this timely tract on the art of writing--an anecdotal, frank step-by-step guide on how to write and how to manage a writer's life. Offers advice on getting started, character, plot, dialogue, writer's block, writing groups, publication, and more.
Length: 239 pages
Height: 7.8 x 5.5 x 1.0
Shipment Weight: 1 lb.
"Thirty years ago my older brother, who was ten years old at the time, was trying to get a report on birds written that hed 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 brothers 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.
"An inspiring book about writing as a way of finding the truth...Touches on everything from life's ironies to her own personal demons...to show beginning writers how to use the emotional tug of memory and its many details to rev up old creative engines...Throughout the book, Lomott is eloquent on the joy of writing for its own sake."
"I knew it was funny, and because I'm trying to live a spiritual life there's a lot of material, I hope, that applies to life as well as to writing, and writing as a way of healing...healing the soul and discovering one's own true inner voice and incorporating that thing that Jesus supposedly said in the Gospel of Thomas, if we can believe the Gnostic gospel; that if you get what is inside of you out it can save you, and if you don't get it out it can kill you. I mean, I believe that and it really has determined my writing philosophy."
Poets & Writers - Anne Lamott