By Anne Lamott
What I’ve read lately
She made me fall in love with her. I love the way she writes her words, her philosophy she is amazing the advice Bird by Bird was given to her brother when he had to write a report on birds.
Just start writing bird by bird. It’s that simple that’s how I write I don’t jump around I write chronologically this happened on day one and this happened on day two and so on. There are those writers who can write day four before they write day three, but I can’t do it that way. I have to do it Bird by Bird. In order.
I love that she gave me permission to write a really shitty first draft. And I do, write a really shitty first draft my first draft is full of errors in judgement and fast pacing and not enough romance and all kinds of grammar errors commas are my nemesis. I fix what is obvious and hope my editors will help me fix the rest. I am hopeful that at the end of the editing process I have a book at all. My book went to the editor June 1st its nerve wracking.
I also love what she says about perfectionism. “Perfectionism is the voice of the oppressor, the enemy of the people.” Anne Lamott puts so succinctly so perfectly. That is exactly how I feel paralyzed and afraid to move from fear of failure of doing it less than perfectly. Like a little general is in my head telling me not to do it because I can’t or won’t do it perfectly. It is debilitating. I love the way she explains getting rid of perfectionism I won’t spoil it for you but it has to do with getting her tonsils out and believing in God. I found it beautiful, charming.
This book for me was a spiritual journey into writing, and I loved that aspect of it. I would give this book 5 out of 5 stars. And recommend this book to any and all beginning writers.
Thanks for spending time with me today I appreciate it. I’d also appreciate it if you could take a few minutes and sign up to get more blog posts like this and of course if you liked this give it a thumbs up. Have a great day and keep writing.