Bird by Bird

I’m about to head off to teach on a writing course in the Lake District, and in a vague attempt at preparation I’m reading Anne Lamott’s book, Bird by Bird. Funny, wise, and beautifully written, this is one the best books on writing I’ve ever read and one of the few which talks about the writer’s life without the normal artiness and pomposity. Here’s a flavour:

“I tell my students that the odds of their getting published and of it bringing them financial security, peace of mind, and even joy are probably not that great. Ruin, hysteria, bad skin, unsightly tics, ugly financial problems, maybe; but probably not peace of mind.”