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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (28,882 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Anne Lamott Narrator: Anne Lamott Publisher: AudioGO Format: Abridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: December 1999 ISBN:
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What does it take to be a writer? What does it mean to live a writer's life? This instruction book gives the answers to these questions, ranging through all aspects of writing - from faith, love, and grace to pain, jealousy, and fear. Anne Lamott shows you how to keep your eyes oepn and write about what you see - and how to survive. This step-by-step guide covers getting started, character, plot, false starts, and more. Download and start listening now!

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  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Diana | 2/20/2014

    " This was an easy read with some interesting, but not groundbreaking, advice on writing interspersed with stories from Lamott's life. I enjoyed it and there were some good take-away messages. Overall it was a bit too folksy for me and the lessons felt a little monotonous by the end. That being said, I did tear through the book, so that's a major positive. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Susan | 2/16/2014

    " Oh Anne. You just seem to write a high percentage of words that RESONATE with me. I love you, man! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Beth Lind | 1/7/2014

    " A book about writing that was a lot more about living -- Perfect! Anne Lamott has a fun (and at times a bit crude) sense of humor. I appreciate that she was willing to share the paranoia of her thoughts while writing, editing, and waiting to be published. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Dorky | 12/27/2013

    " Wonderful book about writing but also about life and writing. Anne Lamott is seriously funny. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Leanne | 12/18/2013

    " If you have ever thought about writing, you will be glad you read this. It's laugh-out-loud hilarious. Feels like a big warm hug to the struggling writer of any age or skill. I'll be turning to this for insight and encouragement for the rest of my life. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Poonam | 12/15/2013

    " An easy to read, pleasant book about how to begin writing, pitfalls you will face when writing and why you must write. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tina Christiansen | 12/5/2013

    " This is one of my favorite books on writing, particularly the title story. When I'm feeling overwhelmed by projects, I try to remember to just start and take it bird by bird. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tori | 12/1/2013

    " Even if you're not an aspiring writer, it's a good read. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Angelacannon | 11/8/2013

    " Loved this book; it can be used as a self-help on life, not just writing. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 ben | 9/6/2013

    " This is my secondary bible (my main bible is Story by Robert McKee). Lamott gradually, gently unravels the secrets of your neuroses until you understand yourself a little bit better than you ever would have otherwise. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Renee | 7/29/2013

    " Sometimes it's a little too new-age, hippie-dippy for me, but for the most part, I really enjoyed this. Lamott has a lot of great thoughts on writing and the writer's life and she presents them in a straightforward, succinct way. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Sarah Kortright | 7/5/2013

    " Best practical advice in the whole book was to make time to write. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Carol | 7/1/2013

    " My favorite book on writing. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Deb Caletti | 12/11/2012

    " A classic for writers. One I always recommend, if only for "shitty first drafts." Keep this one nearby. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mimi Stamper | 12/9/2012

    " Funny and helpful. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Leanne Banks | 11/20/2012

    " Best writing book ever. A must read for published and unpublished. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Joseph | 10/18/2012

    " Great insight into the craft and agony of writing. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Megan Stolz | 3/30/2012

    " I really enjoyed this book. It took me awhile to get through but I think it's one which requires thoughtful reading. It's also one which I will continually return to, in no particular order, using it as a handbook for writing when I'm stuck or uninspired or disgruntled. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Kristin | 2/22/2012

    " Didn't get into her style of writing. Would like to try some of her fiction to see if there is a difference. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Cindy | 7/21/2011

    " As a writing instructor, I found the author's suggestions to writers something to keep in mind when working with developing writers. Even though my instruction is geared more toward academic writing rather than creative, some of Lamott's advice will work well with my students. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Barbi | 6/30/2011

    " This is a must read for anyone who wants to (or is compelled to) write fiction. I felt that the second half of the book was not quite as useful as the first half, but overall it's a great read for any writer. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Oceansofie | 6/29/2011

    " I love all of her non fiction...I really wish I could love her fiction as much "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 James | 6/21/2011

    " Good advice and unique perspectives into the life of a writer. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Keri-Lynn | 6/21/2011

    " Exactly what the subtext states, a book on writing and life and it does well on both counts. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Troy | 6/14/2011

    " If you have any aspirations to write, no matter the genre, this is a must read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Benjamin | 6/13/2011

    " I love Lamott's way of thinking and writing. The big take away - just start writing about anything and everything; start with childhood... Love writing for the love of writing, not for some pursuit of publication or notoriety. Also, love to read! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Andrew | 6/12/2011

    " Simple lessons on practicing writing and learning to write for yourself. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 David | 6/11/2011

    " Well written and often funny book about how this writer performs her writing process. Nice insight. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Trisha | 6/11/2011

    " Finally, some advice by someone who probably prattles on more than I do. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jean | 6/10/2011

    " A loaner for creative writing, this offers insightful and laugh-out-loud anecdotes about writing. The organization is particularly useful. I know I'll be reading aloud from this book in the near future. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Kristin | 6/10/2011

    " Didn't get into her style of writing. Would like to try some of her fiction to see if there is a difference. "

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About the Author
Author Anne Lamott

Anne Lamott is the author of the New York Times bestsellers Stitches; Help, Thanks, Wow; Some Assembly Required; Grace (Eventually); Plan B; and Traveling Mercies, among others. She is a recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship and an inductee to the California Hall of Fame.