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So, You Want to be a Writer? Keep Reading!

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I’m sampling canapés at a party when someone walks up with a J.K. Rowling gleam in their eye. “I hear that you’re an editor. I have this great idea for a book, but I’m not sure how to get started. What do you recommend?” As I stifle the urge to fling the hummus in their general direction, I recommend those classics that I’ve long used for classes, writing workshops and myself: On Writing Well: The Classic Guide to Writing Nonfiction (Harper Perennial, 2006) by William Zinsser, Bird by Bird: Some Instructions on Writing and Life by Anne Lamott (Anchor, 1995), and Writing Down the Bones: Freeing the Writer Within by Natalie Goldberg (Shambhala, 2005). For guys, I’ll usually toss in Stephen…

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Happy Birthday, Anne Lamott!

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There’s no denying it—I adore Anne Lamott. While we’ve had the pleasure of featuring her interview with Melissa Duclos here on BookTrib, I’ve never met her in person. So why do I, and thousands of my fellow fans, feel like she’s a close personal friend? Maybe it’s because of the courageous way she bares her vulnerable heart and doesn’t shy away from revealing her personal flaws. She’s a feisty, loving, occasionally cranky, straight-shooter with an enormous spiritual heart. Her books Operating Instructions and Bird by Bird have become manuals for new parents and writers respectively. For new and old friends, here are a few of our favorite nuggets of Lamott goodness. So Happy Birthday, Anne! Here’s to many more.  …

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