• Word by Word

  • By: Anne Lamott
  • Narrated by: Anne Lamott
  • Length: 2 hrs and 31 mins
  • Speech
  • Release date: 17-12-99
  • Language: English
  • Publisher: Writer's AudioShop
  • 4.5 out of 5 stars 4.5 (26 ratings)


Writing, like life, can be a difficult process, you just have to take it Word by Word. Provocative and witty, Lamott takes you beyond her book Bird by Bird and into her "writer's mind". She won't tell you about plot points or how to get published, because, frankly, she doesn't think they're important. Good writing, she says, slows you down, opens your heart and arrives through your fingers, knowing what it's about. You'll learn how to keep things simple and how to write honestly about life, family, and friends. This recording is a 1997 Audie Award winner for the country's best Educational/How-to/Instructional audiobook.
©1996 Anne Lamott (P)1996 Writer's AudioShop
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Critic reviews

"Lamott reaches out to her audience as if she's addressing an Alcoholics Anonymous meeting." ( Publishers Weekly)
"... she shares invaluable nuggets of wisdom about writing and the writing life." ( AudioFile)
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4 out of 5 stars
By Richard on 13-04-13

Interesting freeflow on writing

I wasn't expecting a recorded lecture. I thought this was a book, however it was interesting to hear the author's own voice and natural rhythms of her speech as she explains her values and priorities when approaching writing. Very good.

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3 of 3 people found this review helpful

5 out of 5 stars
By Heidi on 17-04-17

A Gift

If you're a writer or wannabe writer this is a rich insight into the habits and mindset of Anne Lamott : fantastic for broadening perspective and looking at things in different ways. Absolutely loved the intimacy of listening to Anne herself talking about her processes. This is a real treat.

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5 out of 5 stars
By Ranch Girl on 01-08-04

Good motivational speaker

This is not a "how to" lecture, but a recording of a workshop that encourages wanna be writers to go ahead and write. I found it entertaining and motivational. Ms Lamont is witty and wise on the subject of writing. She sees writing as a means of self discovery and after listening I found myself writng more freely.

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17 of 18 people found this review helpful

2 out of 5 stars
By Martina on 04-05-05


This is not really an audio book, it is a recording of a lecture that does ramble on a bit at times. Much of the groud she covers is done more adeptly and more thoroughly in her book "Bird by Bird", which I did find to be very helpful.

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