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Book Review: Bird by Bird (Anne Lamott)

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This book gave me a new vision for expressing my thoughts thru paper. That is the shortest sentence I could use in resuming this book. When I think of the day that I bought this book it brings me back to two summers ago, when I was eager of writing after a two years block, but I was actually meaning to learn more about it.

Three years had passed since I went through an entire class where I learned how to write and develop my ideas in order, but ever since I was young I liked writing. When I was a teen writing was a way to express all the stuff I could not get out in words, it was a way to liberate all the pressure inside of me. I knew that the class I took was not enough, and if I wanted to improve my writing I needed to find a new tool, which is why I bought this book.

Let me tell you one thing, the book is dense, don’t get me wrong you can get so much from it, but you have to take it slow. I wanted to finish it as I normally do with my books (1 to 3 weeks). Well this baby took me ages, but it left me with so much. The author gives you tips from taking baby steps on writing thru getting published.

If you are a person who likes writing stories or novels, you will find this book very handy. She focuses a lot in how to develop your ideas and your characters, and what to do in order to avoid your readers getting lost in the story. And in the meantime of giving you all this information, she also tells different stories regarding her own experiences as a writer.

The chapter that I loved the most is where she talks about keeping index cards anywhere, in order to write any ideas that might come to your mind while doing other stuff. I felt relieved, because I do tend to have post its or notes in my cellphone about any ideas I get for my writing work.

Also, I have the tendency of highlighting all the important stuff whenever I read a book, let me just tell you that I have learned a lot. I have this paragraph that comes in the book that I want to share it is really inspirational and reminded me why I love writing so much:

“Becoming a writer is about becoming conscious. When you are conscious and writing from a place of insight and simplicity and real caring about the truth, you have the ability to throw the lights on for your reader”

All in all, I applaud this book I really enjoyed it and it left me a lot, especially in the part where she talks about the writer’s block; which did help me and pushed me in pursuing my writing to a further level. If you are a writer who is looking for some inspirational and helpful tips I would recommend you this book.

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2 thoughts on “Book Review: Bird by Bird (Anne Lamott)

  1. I have also just recently finished reading this book. It is useful in many ways. Sometimes just taking the time to slow down and realize that writing is accomplished bit by bit (or bird by bird) is the most important lesson that we can learn.

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