Anne Lamott’s Bird by Bird-My Biggest Takeaways

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Anne Lamott’s ‘Bird by Bird’.   The tagline for the book is ‘Some Instructions on Writing and Life’.   A book suggestion I saw Tim Ferriss make in a video.   A combination of this book, consistently hearing the benefits of journaling, and James Altucher carrying around his idea pad, inspired me to carry around a notepad and pen all the time.  Even keeping it by my bedside as I’m heading to bed.


In the notepad I write down inspirations, ideas, and do some journaling as well.   I’ve loved incorporating this practice into my daily life.   It has helped me get stuff off my chest down any moments of brilliance I think I may have.   With most ideas coming as soon as I wake up.


In these takeaways you will see my inspiration in wanting to take up this practice.


  • ‘Flannery O’Connor said that anyone who survived childhood has enough material to write for the rest of his or her life.’ pg 4
  • ‘Remember that you own what happened to you.’ pg 6
  • ‘In any case, the bottom line is that if you want to write, you get to, but you probably won’t be able to get very far if you don’t start trying to get over your perfectionism.’ pg 31
  • ‘Writing is about learning to pay attention and to communicate what is going on.’ pg 97
  • ‘If you don’t believe in what you are saying, there is no point in your saying it.’ pg 106
  • ‘One of the things that happen when you give yourself permission to start writing is that you start thinking like a writer.   You start seeing everything as material’ pg 136
  • ‘We are wired as humans to be open to the world instead of enclosed in a fortified, defensive mentality.   What your giving can help your readers be braver, be better than they are, be open to the world again.’ pg 206
  • ‘ may turn out to be much more somebody than somebody else, a lot of other people are going to be a lot more somebody than you.   And you are going to drive yourself crazy.’ pg 220


This book has inspired me to check out other books on writing.   Especially Stephen King’s book.

Thinking about getting into any kind of writing?   Look out for this book.

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