“Shitty first drafts. All good writers write them. This is how they end up with good second drafts and terrific third drafts.”
A modern classic – a funny and practical guide to being a writer by the New York Times bestseller
Bird by Bird is the bible of writing guides – a wry, honest, down-to-earth book that has never stopped selling since it was first published in the United States in the 1990s. Bestselling novelist and memoirist Anne Lamott distils what she’s learned over years of trial and error. Beautifully written, wise and immensely helpful, this is the book for all serious writers and writers-to-be.
“Superb writing advice … hilarious, helpful and provocative”
new York Times Book Review
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“A warm, generous and hilarious guide through the writer’s world and its treacherous swamps”
los Angeles Times
“[A] classic of the genre … The lessons she shares with her students … are refreshing”
“My go-to gift or recommendation for anyone interested in writing, though it is as much a treatise on life as it is a creative-writing primer”
“A treasure trove of insight both practical and profound, timelessly revisitable and yielding deeper resonance each time”
Anne Lamott is the New York Times bestselling author of a number of non-fiction books, including Help, Thanks, Wow; Small Victories; Stitches and Bird by Bird. She is also the author of several novels, including Imperfect Birds and Rosie. A past recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship and an inductee to the California Hall of Fame, she lives in Northern California.