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."
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.
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You sent months of hard work writing a great serial story. After a while you decide to publish it online, so thousand of people could read it and maybe even buy it. You have done editing, make up and finished with a book cover. You found a way to publish a serial story online, and here you’re waiting for finest hour. But will your story get famous by itself?
Promoting a story: concealed difficulties
Even authors who are published in big publishing houses need to make an effort on their book to become popular and well known. If they are looking for the way to do it then an independent writer should try even twice harder. Best way to increase your chances of having enormous fan-base and start getting revenue from a story is to develop a well-planed marketing strategy, as most successful authors do.
Three strategies to increase awareness of the story
Promote your serial story from the moment you start writing it.
It’s never to late to start. Most of the writers begin with the announcement of their e-books on the website, popular media and through personal meetings. Tell about your story to everyone who visits your page. You don’t need complete story, publish several chapters, build a newsletter subscription so readers could track your progress and make it easy to share content.
Spread a word.
Contact with bloggers that will be interested in your story idea, offer them interview, inside to your work and ask for reviews. Ask your fans of your previous work to give you reviews. Don’t forget to write an overview, posts on your social media, make several tweets, send it to your friends and colleagues and ask them to share. Make it comfortable for readers to reach you and read your story. Tell the world about your story through all possible media channels that you are able to find, so your book can cover a huge audience.
Give potential buyers chance to read the book.
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Tom Clancy, the insurance agent turned superpower thriller novelist, left behind a legacy that includes bestselling books, movies, even videos games. Although he didn’t set down a list of writing tips for posterity, his admirers studied interviews and lectures of the master, and revealed 5 secrets that will help you to write spectacular stories same as Clancy’s.
Secret # 1 - tell the story.
“Fundamentally, I think of myself as a storyteller, not a writer.” What’s the difference you may ask? Instead of trying to impress critics with his literary pyrotechnics, Clancy said he told stories to “take people away from driving trucks or fixing toilets or whatever they do, away from their drudgery. That’s a good enough purpose for any man.” Clancy’s career really took off when a man not known for being a member of the literati, then - President Ronald Reagan, labeled Clancy’s first book The Hunt for Red October a “perfect yarn.”
Secret # 2 - writing is like golf.
“A lot of people think when you start writing a story something mystical happens to you, that maybe the muse kisses you on the ear. But writing isn’t divinely inspired - it’s hard work.” Clancy’s advises writers to “Learn to write the same way you learn to play golf. You do it, and keep doing it until you get it right.”
Secret # 3 - make pretend more real than real.
“The difference between fiction and reality? Fiction has to make sense,” Clancy said. Denied military service because of severe nearsightedness, Clancy nevertheless fostered top–level military contacts. “He is welcomed aboard jets and submarines and permitted to ride in tanks to his heart’s delight,” wrote one reporter. “I hang my hat on getting as many things right as I can,” said Clancy. “I’ve made up stuff that’s turned out to be real - that’s the spooky part.” Nothing perhaps more spooky than his 1994 novel Debt of Honor which ends with a Boeing 747 purposefully crashed into the Capitol during a joint session of Congress, foreshadowing 9/11.
Secret # 4 - writer’s block is unacceptable.
”I don’t even consider the possibility - if you think about it, it might happen!”
Secret # 5 - no one can take your dream away.
“Nothing is as real as a dream. The world can change around you, but your dream will not. Your life may change, but your dream doesn’t have to. Responsibilities need not erase it. Duties need not obscure it. Your spouse and children need not get in its way, because the dream is within you. No one can take your dream away.”
If you dream to write a bestseller, go ahead! You can do it!
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