Bird By Bird Quotes

Quotes tagged as "bird-by-bird" (showing 1-7 of 7)
Anne Lamott
“Thirty years ago my older brother, who was ten years old at the time, was trying to get a report written on birds that he'd had three months to write, which was due the next day. We were out at our family cabin in Bolinas, and he was at the kitchen table close to tears, surrounded by binder paper and pencils and unopened books about birds, immobilized by the hugeness of the task ahead. Then my father sat down beside him put his arm around my brother's shoulder, and said, "Bird by bird, buddy. Just take it bird by bird.”
Anne Lamott, Bird by Bird: Some Instructions on Writing and Life

Anne Lamott
“Toni Morrison said, "The function of freedom is to free someone else," and if you are no longer wracked or in bondage to a person or a way of life, tell your story. Risk freeing someone else. Not everyone will be glad that you did. Members of your family and other critics may wish you had kept your secrets. Oh, well, what are you going to do? Get it all down. Let it pour out of you and onto the page. Write an incredibly shitty, self-indulgent, whiny, mewling first draft. Then take out as many of the excesses as you can.”
Anne Lamott, Bird by Bird: Some Instructions on Writing and Life

Anne Lamott
“For a life oriented to leisure is in the end a life oriented to death – the greatest leisure of all.”
Anne Lamott

Anne Lamott
“There may be a Nurse Ratched-like listing of things that must be done right this moment: foods that must come out of the freezer, appointments that must be canceled or made, hairs that must be tweezed. But you hold an imaginary gun to your head and make yourself stay at the desk.”
Anne Lamott, Bird by Bird: Some Instructions on Writing and Life

Anne Lamott
“Almost every single thing you hope publication will do for you is a fantasy, a hologram--it's the eagle on your credit card that only seems to soar.”
Anne Lamott

Anne Lamott
“Seeing yourself in print is such an amazing concept: you can get so much attention without having to actually show up somewhere.”
Anne Lamott

Anne Lamott
“Bird by bird buddy. Just take it bird by bird.”
Anne Lamott, Bird by Bird: Some Instructions on Writing and Life