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Book Annotation: "Bird by Bird: Some Instructions on Writing and Life" by Anne Lamott

A writer's guide that is bound to teach and inspire.

Welcome readers! To all those aspiring writers and even to non-writers, this book is a perfect guide to begin your journey or to accelerate it if you feel you are lagging behind. Additionally, this book is filled with so many anecdotes and quotes that you'll keep highlighting almost everything.

“Perfectionism is the voice of the oppressor, the enemy of the people. It will keep you cramped and insane your whole life."

If you harbor no aspirations to #writing, Bird by Bird offers a warm, illuminating and entertaining look at some of the things #writers go through, provides some insight into the process of writing, and some of the challenges writers confront. If, however, you are a writer, aspire to be a writer, or indulge in analysis of writing, Bird by Bird will feel like a kindly mentor, an older, wiser sibling maybe, who can take you by the hand and offer a gentle nudge in the right direction.

Lamott sees in writing not a selfish act of personal gratification but an act of warm generosity. Paragraph by paragraph, this humorous, insightful, no-nonsense approach will remind novices why they are writing: to tell the truth, to live from the heart, and to share their gift with others.

“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.”

Enjoy :)

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