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6 Writing Tips from Anne Lamott

Anne Lamott’s “Bird by Bird” is a real treasure trove. Firstly, Anne wrote a very interesting story about her life and secondary, this book is full of useful tips for writer that can be applied in practice.

Here are 6 tips from the book “Bird by Bird” by Anne Lamott that I consider most useful and interesting book for writers. Enjoy!

You won’t always like what you have written.

In nine cases out of ten you won't like what you wrote. Unfortunately, there is no way to become a better writer. In order to improve your skills you will need to write a lot. You won’t be always happy with the result, but it’s okay. Don’t stop keep writing.

To write a good story – tell the truth.

It seem that writing the truth is very easy, because it’s way more difficult to think of an idea, give it a form and write. In practice it’s not the same. Telling the truth in an interesting and understandable to the reader way turns out to be about as easy and pleasurable as bathing a cat.

If you don’t know what to write about, start with childhood.

Write from the very beginning. Write about the time when you got to know yourself and world around you. If your childhood was troubled it will be somber story, if good and full of happiness its will be bright and colorful story. However, it doesn’t matter how was your childhood, at the beginning a result of your work still won’t be satisfying, all you have to do is to start.

"Anybody who has survived his childhood has enough information about life to last him the rest of his days."
Flannery O’Connor

When you start remembering all the details of your childhood, you will realize that there is so much material that you don’t even know how to put it up all together. In this case, narrow the score and write about specific events, time lines or people.

Write everyday at the same time.

Lamott says that this kind of ritual will train your subconscious to engage in creative activities. Sit down at 10 a.m. or 8 p.m. or 3 a.m. whenever you like. In your first hour probably you will look at blank page or screen of the laptop like an idiot. Then you start moving from side to side, cracking fingers, stretching, petting a dog or biting lips. Only then you might start writing your story. Just hold up till this moment.

Start with small paragraphs.

If you got an idea of your masterpiece, but got lost due to the size of your work. Write small. Don’t be afraid to take a pause and relax a bit.

"Writing a novel is like driving a car at night. You can see only as far as your headlights, but you can make the whole trip that way."
E. L. Doctorow

You don't have to see where you're going, you don't have to see your destination or everything you will pass along the way. You just have to see two or three feet ahead of you. Same thing in writing don’t try to master everything at once. Write in small parts and you won’t get crazy.

Perfectionism is an enemy of the writer.

The desire to make everything perfect will chase you all the time. On one hand it is good thing, but on the other hand perfectionism kills creativity in the text. While trying to get rid off unnecessary words, you will be shrinking and changing text until it becomes lifeless. Know the measure.

Source: A. Murahovskiyi

Nov. 28, 2016, 2:53 p.m. 0 Report Embed 8

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