Bird by Bird: Some Instructions on Writing and Life  (Anne Lamott)

Bird by Bird: Some Instructions on Writing and Life
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Diversos escritores recomendam Bird by Bird: Some Instructions on Writing and Life sobre a arte de escrever. Talvez eu tenha chegado até ele com expectativas muitos altas e, no fim das páginas, só achei um livro “ok”. A autora aborda a escrita como atividade profissional, deixando de lado a mítica da musa inspiradora e colocando na mesa a realidade do suar o sovaco: escrever é disciplina (ponto)

Ela fala ainda sobre a necessidade de muitos escritores de serem publicados e conhecidos e, a partir da própria experiência, joga um balde de água fria no glamour da escrita. Bird by Bird: Some Instructions on Writing and Life traz também algumas dicas sobre construção de personagens e enredo, é super bem escrito e tem umas tiradinhas boas. Talvez se eu tivesse lido há uns anos teria gostado mais.

Avaliação: 3/5

⇢ “sit there feeling hung over and bored, and you may or may not be able to pull yourself up out of it that day. But it is fantasy to think that successful writers do not have these bored, defeated hours, these hours of deep insecurity when one feels as small and jumpy as a water bug. They do. But they also often feel a great sense of amazement that they get to write, and they know that this is what they want to do for the rest of their lives. And so if one of your heart’s deepest longings is to write, there are ways to get your work done, and a number of reasons why it is important to do

⇢ “Almost all good writing begins with terrible first efforts. You need to start somewhere. Start by getting something — anything — down on paper.”

⇢ “Perfectionism is the voice of the oppressor, the enemy of the people. It will keep you cramped and insane your whole life, and it is the main obstacle between you and a shitty first draft. I think perfectionism is based on the obsessive belief that if you run carefully enough, hitting each stepping-stone just right, you won’t have to die. The truth is that you will die anyway and that a lot of people who aren’t even looking at their feet are going to do a whole lot better than you, and have a lot more fun while they’re doing it.’

⇢ “say don’t worry about plot. Worry about the characters. Let what they say or do reveal who they are, and be involved in their lives, and keep asking yourself, Now what happens? The development of relationship creates plot.”

⇢ “and even though his characters are not necessarily people you want to date, they compel us because we believe that they exist and we believe that the things they do are true to who they are. We read Faulkner for the beauty of his horrible creations, the beauty of the writing, and we read him to find out what life is about from his point of view.

⇢ “Carolyn Chute, the author of The Beans of Egypt, Maine, who was discussing rewriting: “I feel like a lot of time my writing is like having about twenty boxes of Christmas decorations. But no tree. You’re going, Where do I put this? Then they go, Okay, you can have a tree, but we’ll blindfold you and you gotta cut it down with a spoon.” This is how I’ve arrived at my plots a number of times.”

⇢ “Writers are like vacuum cleaners, sucking up all that we can see and hear and read and think and feel and articulate, and everything that everyone else within earshot can hear and see and think and feel. We’re mimics, we’re parrots — we’re writers.”

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