After the great success of her Operating Instructions--the chronicle of a single mother surviving the first year of her son's life--Anne Lamott now offers another gift of grace and humor: step-by-step pointers on how to live a writer's life. This inspirational guide will be invaluable to all would-be writers.After the great success of her Operating Instructions--the chronicle of a single mother surviving the first year of her son's life--Anne Lamott now offers another gift of grace and humor: step-by-step pointers on how to live a writer's life. This inspirational guide will be invaluable to all would-be writers.Read Less
All the information that young writers need to hear is packed into this one, short, enormously witty book! Anne Lamott delivers much-needed advice, practice, and motivation to beginning writers, bored writers, depressed writers, uninterested writers (and pretty much every other kind too!) in a way that is entertaining and much easier to understand than your average English textbook. In addition, it lives up to the second part of the title, "Some Instructions On Writing and Life" by also applying said encouragement and wisdom to life with an abundance of funny and touching examples.
Jul 29, 2010
we had to get this as a textbook for art school, my daughter likes it , the book has some humor to it but as normal most textbooks are a pain to read
Jan 22, 2009
How to Write by a Great Writer!
My suggestion: read Traveling Mercies first, so that you can know who Anne Lamott is. But even if you don't, this is a very good book about writing. She tells you how to do it...by suggestions and of course, by EXAMPLE...her own!
Aug 14, 2008
A welcome change of pace and attitude. R. Frost, M.A.
Publishers Weekly, 1994-07-18 Lamott's ( Operating Instructions ) miscellany of guidance and reflection should appeal to writers struggling with demons large and slight. Among the pearls she offers is to start small, as their father once advised her 10-year-old brother, who was agonizing over a book report on birds: ``Just take it bird by bird.'' Lamott's suggestion on the craft of fiction is down-to-earth: worry about the characters, not the plot. But she's even better on psychological questions. She has learned that writing is more rewarding than publication, but that even writing's rewards may not lead to contentment. As a former ``Leona Helmsley of jealousy,'' she's come to will herself past pettiness and to fight writer's block by living ``as if I am dying.'' She counsels writers to form support groups and wisely observes that, even if your audience is small, ``to have written your version is an honorable thing.'' (Sept.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved
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