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Essential writing advice from Anne Lamott

TED distilled fourteen writing tips from an interview conducted with novelist Anne Lamott. Her 1995 book Bird by Bird (Amazon) has become an essential guide for aspiring artists of all types.

My favorite snippet from the interview appears when she’s asked to give her younger self some writing advice:

“I’d teach my younger self to stare off into space more often. I would tell her to waste more paper. I would tell her she doesn’t need to stick to a decision; she can change her mind.”

Anne Lamott

Daydream. Plan unscheduled time. Get messy! There is no such thing as the perfect time to start anything. As Martin Luther King Jr. once said, “This ‘Wait!’ has almost always meant ‘Never.'”

The vocation chooses you. Do the work in despite the resistance.

Read 14 writing tips, from beloved teacher Anne Lamott


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3 replies on “Essential writing advice from Anne Lamott”

Just read your “messy” post and love it. Any way to follow you via the WordPress link (vs subscribing by email)? If it’s here, I’m not seeing it. I’m on email overload so…

Just looked at your archives. You’ve been doing this a long time!! Kudos.

Thanks for reading Cindy. I’ve been blogging for years. I sent you a follow invite — hope it worked.

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