I just wanted to let you know about this wonderful book – Anne Lamott’s Bird by Bird: some instructions on writing and life.  First published in 1994, it has been described as the bible of writing guides and it’s easy to see why.

It is full of creative strategies to take you through the various stages of the writing process – from getting started and beyond the panic of the empty page right up to publication – in a way that is refreshingly honest, uncomplicated and funny. It is also a wonderful meditation on life, and the importance of family and friendships.

Whether you are a writer or not, this wonderful book has some great insights that will make you laugh out loud. If you get through the chapter called Someone to read your drafts with a straight face I want to hear about it!! Hilarious.