Quote of the Day: Bird by Bird

Bird by Bird collage

I just finished reading BIRD BY BIRD by Anne Lamott. It’s a book with instructions on writing and life. I loved Anne’s humble and humorous voice. She’s got a knack for cracking jokes at just the right moment. And though I have no aspirations to write a book, I connected immediately with the way she described well-written words.

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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. They show us what community and friendship mean; they show us how to live and die.”

“The purpose of most great writing seems to be to reveal in an ethical light who we are.”

The biggest take-away for me was that writers, above all, are keen observers of this funny thing we call life. I’d recommend this book to any book-lover and those who are interested, even in the slightest, in writing. Even if it’s just writing in your journal about your childhood, like me.

“I still encourage anyone who feels at all compelled to write to do so. I just try to warn people who hope to get published that publication is not all that it is cracked up to be. But writing is. Writing has so much to give, so much to teach, so many surprises. That thing you had to force yourself to do — the actual act of writing — turns out to be the best part. It’s like discovering that while you thought you needed the tea ceremony for the caffeine, what you really needed was the tea ceremony. The act of writing turns out to be its own reward.”

Top bird print by Scott Partridge

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10 thoughts on “Quote of the Day: Bird by Bird

  1. Omg i just read this book too! Her voice is amazing. makes me wish I knew her personally …and as a life coach hahaa.

  2. Thanks for reminding me what a terrific book Bird by Bird is. There is so much good advice and good thinking there for beginning (or intermediate or advanced) writers. You probably know this one, but just in case, you might want to check out Natalie Goldberg’s Writing Down the Bones. Another must read for writers of all stripes.

  3. What a coincidence! I am reading this book currently as well! I absolutely love the way she writes and the voice she exudes in each chapter. You make a great point – you don’t have to write a novel to read this book. It’s just encouraging for a person in their every day life to better their writing! Thanks!

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