A few years ago I started reading books by Anne Lamott and was immediately taken with her style of writing. I read Traveling Mercies, then Operating Instructions: A Journal of My Son’s First Year, and Plan B: Further Thoughts on Faith. I also read some of her novels: Rosie and Crooked Little Heart.
Wow. I had not realized I read so much of her work until I listed it all out.
I got all of those books from the library or borrowed them from friends. I really enjoy her essays, a little less so her novels. I think that, for a period, I didn’t know what else to check out at the library so I just kept getting more of her books. Then I saw Bird by Bird: Some Instructions on Writing and Life, and bought it. Like, straight up paid for it with my hard-earned cash. This is unusual for me. I have been in a monthly book club for almost three years and have bought maybe three of the books. The rest- library or borrowed. What can I say? I’m a cheapskate.
I started Bird by Bird, but never finished it. She writes about (as the title states) writing. How to start. How to practice. Other things. Strangely, I never finished the one book by Anne Lamott that I actually purchased. Analyze that, please.
I think I will resume Bird by Bird. I could use something thought-provoking.
Anyone have any other tips for books to read on the topic of writing OR on inspiration for writing in general?
I just know that if I had this setting for my writing, I would write and write all day without a care in the world: