Bird by Bird : Some Instructions on Writing and Life by Anne Lamott
To quote a review at Amazon:
My teacher in my creative writing class handed out an excerpt from this book, and as soon as I read it, I knew I wanted to read the entire book, and thank God I did.
This is absolutely one of the BEST books I have ever read. I am not the type of person to pick a favorite book (there are just too many!) but I'm pretty sure this is my favorite book of all time. This was my first time reading Anne Lamott and I am so thankful that I did. As soon as I finished it, I wanted to pick it right back up and read it again, but I settled for Traveling Mercies instead, which is also very good.
I HIGHLY reccommend this book, especially if you like to write, or want to write. This is the best writing advice I have ever had, and you definetely will not be dissapointed. Even if you don't like to write, I am pretty sure you will love Bird by Bird. The humor is so fantastic, it's the laugh-out-loud type. Laugh A LOT out loud type. Anne Lamott says things that we all think, but do not say. It's great.