We are currently making improvements to the Audible site. In an effort to enhance the accessibility experience for our customers, we have created a page to more easily navigate the new experience, available at the web address www.audible.com/access.
Word by Word | [Anne Lamott]

Word by Word

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".
Regular Price:$14.97
  • Membership Details:
    • First book free with 30-day trial
    • $14.95/month thereafter for your choice of 1 new book each month
    • Cancel easily anytime
    • Exchange books you don't like
    • All selected books are yours to keep, even if you cancel
  • - or -

Your Likes make Audible better!

'Likes' are shared on Facebook and Audible.com. We use your 'likes' to improve Audible.com for all our listeners.

You can turn off Audible.com sharing from your Account Details page.

OK

Publisher's Summary

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.

©1996 Anne Lamott; (P)1996 Writer's AudioShop

What the Critics Say

  • Audie Award Winner, 1997, Educational/How-to/Instructional

What Members Say

Average Customer Rating

4.3 (105 )
5 star
 (66)
4 star
 (15)
3 star
 (18)
2 star
 (4)
1 star
 (2)
Overall
4.5 (42 )
5 star
 (29)
4 star
 (9)
3 star
 (3)
2 star
 (0)
1 star
 (1)
Story
4.5 (42 )
5 star
 (30)
4 star
 (6)
3 star
 (4)
2 star
 (1)
1 star
 (1)
Performance
Sort by:
  •  
    Ranch Girl 08-01-04
    Ranch Girl 08-01-04 Member Since 2001
    HELPFUL VOTES
    105
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    268
    25
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    2
    3
    Overall
    "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.

    11 of 11 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Martina Topanga, CA, USA 05-04-05
    Martina Topanga, CA, USA 05-04-05
    HELPFUL VOTES
    7
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    4
    1
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    0
    0
    Overall
    "Purchase"

    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.

    7 of 7 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Suzn F Fletcher, VT, US 06-27-12
    Suzn F Fletcher, VT, US 06-27-12 Member Since 2005

    I believe a reviewer should finish a book before submitting a review. What do you think?

    HELPFUL VOTES
    2455
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    715
    165
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    1029
    20
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Why Bother?"

    This "book" (as other reviewers have pointed out, this is not a book at all, a lecture) is almost an exact and sometimes is an exact replica of Lamott's previous "book" (also not a book, a lecture) Bird by Bird. Both "books" give advice on writing. Some of this advice seems helpful, some are things we've all heard before. But I think it not very nice to market a second "book" that is a duplicate of the first without notice....so boo on you Ms. Lamott and the same to Audible. I felt cheated on several counts!

    12 of 13 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Charles Nashville, TN, USA 10-29-03
    Charles Nashville, TN, USA 10-29-03
    HELPFUL VOTES
    174
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    22
    18
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    1
    0
    Overall
    "Feh..."

    You should understand before you spend your hard-earned money on "Word by Word" that what you'll be getting here will not be a book; in fact it will be just another ho-hum recording of a writing workshop (done in 1996?). If you?re into that kind of thing, go for it. Personally, I was looking for something more substantial.

    Here we have yet another successful author giving us her valuable advice, recorded as she stands in front of her lectern, riffing live before a decidedly female audience (from the sound of it) and ultimately delivering one of the most rambling monologues -- in the manner of, say, Ellen DeGeneres -- that I've ever heard on the topic of writing.

    As a listener, you'll probably get the idea straight away that she's not there to instruct you (she makes that point clear); rather, she wants to encourage you. That's all, just encourage you. She starts off her lecture by imparting her personal belief that in the great "cosmic" scope of things, getting published doesn't really matter (groan). Next she reveals that she doesn't really know a thing about plot points (something she seems to take great pride in, as a matter of fact), so she won't be able to help you there either. Finally she settles into her main role -- that of a motivational speaker.

    Some of it's not bad. She manages to keep you entertained, at least. And some of what she says is actually kind of inspiring. (I for one particularly enjoyed her comments on writing "sh**ty first drafts, which was sort of liberating for me to hear.) And for that, I grant her two stars. As such, I suppose that if you're feeling down in the dumps about writing, you might give this two-hour bit of fluff a try; but it's not for the serious student. Don't download it with the idea that you're going to learn anything about the technique of writing a novel. You won't.

    38 of 44 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Amazon Customer PARIS, TX, United States 10-18-13
    Amazon Customer PARIS, TX, United States 10-18-13 Member Since 2008
    HELPFUL VOTES
    69
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    417
    99
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    9
    0
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Yes for Writers!"

    Ann Lamott strikes again. Very inspirational for writers. Thanks, Ann! You always know how to take me where I am and put me back in perspective.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Keris BlackburnUnited Kingdom 05-23-05
    Keris BlackburnUnited Kingdom 05-23-05
    HELPFUL VOTES
    4
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    14
    1
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    0
    0
    Overall
    "Funny and wise"

    Anne Lamott is wonderful, funny and wise. If you are at all interested in writing you should listen to this. No, it's not about plotting, but it is about life. And the writer's life. And writing about life and living through writing. What else could you ask for?

    4 of 6 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Paul Highland Park, IL, USA 04-18-06
    Paul Highland Park, IL, USA 04-18-06
    HELPFUL VOTES
    129
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    73
    40
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    3
    0
    Overall
    "All Writers are Weird"

    And Annie LaMotte is no exception. But if you're looking for some encouragement to get your fingers back on the keyboard, you won't go wrong with this one. She's terrific. I even went out and bought the paperback of her book, Bird by Bird, which is also terrific. Highly recommended.

    3 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Showing: 1-7 of 7 results
Sort by:
  • Richard
    Staffordshire, United Kingdom
    4/13/13
    Overall
    "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.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Showing: 1-1 of 1 results

    There are no listener reviews for this title yet.

Report Inappropriate Content

If you find this review inappropriate and think it should be removed from our site, let us know. This report will be reviewed by Audible and we will take appropriate action.

Cancel

Thank You

Your report has been received. It will be reviewed by Audible and we will take appropriate action.