One of my writing buddies recommended this book to me, together with Stephen King's On Writing, encouraging me to read what established writers wrote about. er. writing. =P
I've never read anything by Anne Lamott before, but I'm assuming she should be some sucessful and published writer, from what I've gathered, as my friend Mr. Google, Sir, told me, bless kind his heart! This book on writing, bird by bird, claims to provide "Some instructions on writing and life".
She relates her experiences on trying to get published with witty anecdotes, including school lunches, bringing index cards around, dealing with jealousy, and publishing-related anxiety. Quite an easy read, and amusing at times.
The topics covered includes dealing with false starts, plot treatments, set designs, perfectionism, short assignments, shitty first drafts, writer's block, using index cards, and publication, among others. All very relevant issues for struggling writers, or just about anyone else who likes to write [eg. bloggers etc.!].
While Lamott does have several useful tips on getting around tricky writing-related, I would not think that everyone would have a similar "formula" or a solution that would apply to everyone else. A good read, nevertheless, with an insight to what she's been through to get this far.