Monday, September 23, 2013

Appreciating the Wisdom of Bird by Bird

Cover of "Bird by Bird: Some Instructions...
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One of my favorite books on writing is Anne Lamott’s Bird by Bird: Some Instructions on Writing and Life. The title of the book refers to the concept of baby steps – doing a little bit at a time to reach the end goal. It’s a concept that truly works for me right now.

I am working on a new cookbook – and surely, I will be talking about that more over the next few months – but for now I want to talk about the process. Each day I am a recipe developer, recipe tester, writer, food photographer, food stylist, and prop stylist. It’s a lot of hats to wear.

And I have a deadline – a deadline that strikes me into a state of fear if I think about it too much, due to the sheer magnitude of the project. The trick is not to think and just to do. I know that if I make progress each day, I will complete the project. It’s a matter of baby steps, crossing off one bird at a time.

Do you have a favorite book of wisdom? Please share.

1 comment:

h said...

I have been struggling with those moments when tasks feel like too much to take on. Sometimes I take comfort in the fact that I always muddle through but that doesn't help with the feelings of uncertainty along the way. I don't have a book to suggest but there is a blog I enjoy by Rosie Molinary (she's also active on twitter) and she covers a lot of topics that relate to managing the day to day as much as it is about handling obligations.

My only other thought is to not be afraid to reach out for help. If there are tasks you need to do that are distracting you then maybe you can delegate those and go for a walk or have a quiet morning with the new opening in your schedule? Hang in there!