Anne Lamott

Because this business of becoming conscious, of being a writer, is ultimately about asking yourself, How alive am I willing to be?  I don’t think I have ever read anyone writing about self-loathing, disappointment and despair in such a respectful and attentive way as Anne Lamott. It is very easy to identify with Lamott’s narrator,…

extraordinary books on writing – part two

Anne Lamott’s Bird by Bird: Some Instructions on Writing and Life First I listened to Word by Word, then to the audiobook version of Bird by Bird, and today I’m reading Bird by Bird on my iPad. Why? Because I got kind of hooked. Because Anne Lamott writes and talks exceedingly well about writing. Because…

extraordinary books on writing – part one

Dani Shapiro: Still Writing, The Pleasures and Perils of a Creative Life Everything I know about life, I learned from the daily practice of sitting down to write. You might read Still Writing as a memoir, I read it primarily as a book on the craft of writing. I don’t think I have ever before compared any…