It is the first meeting of the the Progressive Book Club. I am so excited to get started. The first book is Bird by Bird by Anne Lamott.
This book has been on every must read for writers list.
It is the perfect book choice to start acquiring the tools to take my writing to the next level in 2013.
Return on February 20th (well, I hope you stop by before then) and read my post about Bird by Bird.
There is still time to join the club.
Have you read Anne Lamott’s Bird by Bird? What tips did you learn from this book?
27 thoughts on “January Progressive Book Club – Bird by Bird by Anne Lamott”
Saw the chosen book this morning. Sorry, haven’t read it.
I look forward to seeing what the excitements of this book is all about.
I am so excited about this, Sydney! Nice mention. We currently have twelve and there’s always room for more. Future books include Save the Cat and a non-crafting book called The End of Your Life Book Club.
Save the Cat is a good one, too. And, I haven’t read any of the three, so I will go ahead and put them on my list. Thanks for starting this M.L.
Oooo…I’m psyched and am enjoying BBB. This is just what I needed to make sure I get these books read.
I’ve made a PBC tab/page on my blog and ask that you link to it, and not to the post about the club. It is a new and improved (much clearer) version of how the club works, guidelines, and where the list of books will be updated. The link is similar to the other, but it’s got an extra “p/” in it.
Thats what i was thinking, too. No problem about the link.
I thought it was an excellent book, and so did the majority of people I know who read it.
Great John. I am looking forward to reading it.
Looking forward to reading this one!
I have wanted to read this book for two years. Your post prompted me that this is the year. Next month, I hope.
I’m happy your going to read it. Look forward to hearing what you think.
I started reading this one and like some of the other craft books I own, I haven’t finished reading it. I hope to make more time for reading this year.
I love it! Best advice ever: “Write shitty first drafts.” Nuff said 😉
Great. Now I don’t have to read it. Haha . Thanks Anna.
I think you’ll find the title is “Bird By Bird” as it referenced her father’s directions to her brother on how to complete a project that looked overwhelming to him..
Thanks Christine for catching that. I’ve corrected it. I’m look forward to reading this book.
It’s excellent. I think you’ll enjoy it. I like Lamott’s non-fiction. I think she is best in that genre.
Hi Sydney! I’m really looking forward to reading everyone’s post on this- it will be very interesting! Glad you stopped by and said hello!! 🙂
Hi Sydney– this is a great book. I’ve read it a couple times already actually, but am looking forward to reviewing my notes and reminding myself why I loved it so much. I quote from it all the time. Among my top five favorite motivational books.
Hey Julie, I am into it and really enjoying it. Bringing all my insecurities to the surface, but love hearing how she handles them.
I really want to read it, but can’t find it in my library. Will have to buy it at some point. 🙂
So far it’s pretty funny and so relatable. Give it a read.
Yes I’ve read it. A couple of times. One of those thick little skinny books that surprise you when you least expect it. It’s not so much a book that “teaches” you how to write – so much as it is a book that really, really GETS you in the mood to write. You read this book and you want to leap up, sing Leonard Cohen’s Hallelujah in a minor key with the words reverse, rip off your clothing and throw yourself at the keyboard to make mad passionate love to your vocabulary.
Things I learned from Anne Lamott?
Patience and playfulness.
Hey Steve, you hand got the playfulness down. I love writers who demonstrate the joy if writing in the way the write. I working on my patience.
It takes time…
Such an honest, personable, and vulnerable look at the life of a writer. This may be my favorite of her books.