For the Birds

Reading words that you’ve painstakingly written down on paper or typed out, can be exhilarating. And those same words can flow out of a mind like a waterfall. But also? They can dry up like a creek bed in a drought.

Sometimes, I think to myself, “Writing is for the birds!”

It turns out, it only takes one.

Bird, that is.

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Inspiration is hard to find when the words aren’t there. Or the discipline to just get in the chair and bleed onto the page up and walks out the door. One book I can return to again and again for the proper motivation is Bird by Bird Some Instructions on Writing and Life, by Anne Lamott.

Alternating between the drill-sergeant mentality to just get your butt in the chair and write at the same time every day, and the empathetic friendly advice to ‘take it bird by bird’, Lamott inspires. And she expertly provides tools and examples for exactly how to do it.

She also provides laughter along the way. And, I think we all know by now I’m all about the humor in life.

Mostly, though, anyone with writerly thoughts is reminded to start with what is real to you and to keep it that way. Embellishments aside, reality is (if we’ve learned nothing else about modern television programming) vastly entertaining. Emphasis on vastly.

“If something inside of you is real, we will probably find it interesting, and it will probably be universal.”

I’ve found that most feelings kept stuffed down inside are universal once they finally bubble to the surface.

And the universe is vast, so there is bound to be something to write about.

Yes indeedy.

 We are on Day 20 of the Write 31 Days Challenge. To read other posts in my series, Best Books Ever, click the button below.

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4 thoughts on “For the Birds

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  2. Great review! Thanks for the inspiration. I’m also doing the Write 31 Days challenge, and I think doing the challenge is a good start to the kind of writing practice Lamott talks about. Some days, I’ve only had 20-30 minutes to write and post, so I’m learning to just get the darn words out and not be so judgmental about whether they are eloquent, awesome words or just some words. I’m also inspired to read Bird by Bird again – thank you for the reminder! I’m really enjoying your writing and have been following your series. Keep up the great reading and writing! 🙂

    • Getting those darn words out is the ultimate goal, isn’t it? Thanks for reading, and I appreciate the encouragement to keep at it!

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