Summary of Bird by Bird- by Anne Lamott

Summary of Bird by Bird

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Summary of Bird by Bird- by Anne Lamott - Notes

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Summary of Bird by Bird- by Anne Lamott - Notes

Deepak Shukla’s Notes On Summary of Bird by Bird by Anne Lamott – Notes:

Hey guys,

I finished reading this book on the 10th January 2021.

Here’s a synopsis of the book I grabbed from Amazon:

“Told frоm thе реrѕоnаl реrѕресtіvе оf author Annе Lamott, Bіrd bу Bіrd іѕ a guide toward bесоmіng a better writer and іmрrоvіng уоur lіfе аlоng thе wау. Lamott’s dіѕtіnсtіvе аррrоасh, hоnеѕtу and personal аnесdоtеѕ make this bооk a must fоr wrіtеrѕ or аnуоnе whо wаntѕ tо become оnе.”

And here are my actual notes I took whilst I was listening to this on Audible:

  • You can write stories as gifts to people you love
  • Scribble ideas as you go about your day. Can even scribble dialogue ideas verbatim
  • Your moral value does not have to come to pass even if the main character believes it to be so
  • Best write about values you are passionate about In your books
  • Especially things that catch you off guard
  • Become highly observant to the world around you
  • Plot Treatment: About filling in spaces that are unclear
  • Immerse themselves in set design as an aspect of the work as it also tells you about characters
  • Set Design
  1. Setting and feeling of a room is important
  2. From objects in a room, to lighting, to placement of objects – settings are an extension of a character
  • How to write dialogue

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  1. Read the dialogue out loud
  2. Ensure each character sounds different
  3. Speech mannerisms should identify each character
  4. Try and put characters together who would never want to be together
  5. Use dialogue to let characters say what they will say and what they will not say
  6. Let’s characters explode and also keep some back
  • ABCDE split formula
  1. A for action
  2. B for background
  3. C climax – develop the story until things change in a significant way for the main characters
  4. D for development (give characters personas so they know what they care about)
  5. E ending – give reader sense of ending what it meant and what it reveals about the characters
  • A climax should feature a domination, a healing or a killing
  • One character must be profoundly changed by the climax
  • A story that features no change is a failed story
  • Towards the end the story has to have a major scene that brings everything together
  • As long as the characters are moving the readers will stay with the story
  • The plot is determined by the characters and how they engage with each other and the narrator
  • Writers must be open to characters and give them the freedom to become what they want to become
  • A character is as important as the narrator
  • Narrators should be human. Flawed
  • Nothing is as important as a likable narrator
  • What are their beliefs dreams and ambitions
  • What would this character do in X situation?
  • If this character kept a journal what entries would he/she make
  • What are the routines and beliefs of character X?
  • Pull character facets from people you know in real life to build authenticity
  • For each character, something must be at stake
  • Good characters also do bad things
  • Protecting good characters from bad things will make a story flat
  • A determined writer can write just about anything and can make a good show of it
  • Only by writing about anything can you become a good writer
  • Any memory can be a good story if it is well written
  • Good writing emerges when the writer focussed on telling the truth
  • Write stories of the world around you and exaggerate what you see to build compelling short stories
  • Budding writers must make a commitment to write more
  • Can write great stories by beginning with small details, observing their surroundings, exploring their memories and following their intuition