words of wisdom from anne lamott

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“E.L. Doctorow said once said that ‘Writing a novel is like driving a car at night. You can see only as far as your headlights, but you can make the whole trip that way.’ You don’t have to see where you’re going, you don’t have to see your destination or everything you will pass along the way. You just have to see two or three feet ahead of you. This is right up there with the best advice on writing, or life, I have ever heard.”

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

I read this book recently, “Bird by Bird,” and I found the above excerpt to be one of the most valuable pieces of writing advice I’ve ever received. Without it, I would likely never be as far on my current manuscript as I am.

Writers, what’s the most valuable piece of writing advice you’ve ever received?


  1. I really like this! It’s similar to advice I got to chunk up things when writing – otherwise it can get overwhelming (among the best writing advice I’ve gotten).


  2. Oh it is truly a valuable advice… i once started writing a supposedly “book” it started on well… and i never cared where it was going.. and then i asked someone to read it.. and their question was “where is this going” and it was bye bye book!

    i can articles and all that is fine but it comes to books i am a tad quirky, i feel it is not just my cup of tea! let’s see.. i dont have an advice to share Lucille but thankyou for these words.. i will keep them in mind


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