Monday, January 11, 2016

BOOK REVIEW: "Bird by Bird: Some Instructions on Writing and Life"

I read Anne Lamott's Bird by Bird: Some Instructions on Writing and Life years ago, around the time of its 1995 publication, so this belated mini-reviewactually, more a reflection—comes as a nod to the author for the lessons learned, not from her writing instructions or her life instructions, but from her writing life instructions.

Lamott might have entered the writing business with a fragile ego, as one editor after another red-inked her manuscripts or made intolerant remarks about her style. But she undoubtedly has the right stuff to share her insights from those inevitable situations regardless of the writer's mastery over content and style. 

If these moments do not toughen your writing skin, as they have Lamott's, you should consider another profession.