Author Anne Lamott and her son Sam Lamott kicked off the book tour for Some Assembly Required: A Journal of My Son’s First Son at Barnes & Noble Union Square this week.

The mother and son co-wrote the memoir, chronicling Sam’s first year as a father. It is a sequel to Anne’s 1993 memoir, Operating Instructions: A Journal Of My Son’s First Year. The mother-son duo performed a “duet”–Anne read two sections she wrote and Sam did the same.

During the event, Anne confessed that she does not always enjoy the writing process. Regardless of her feelings, she maintains a steady work schedule of writing five days a week. When Q&A time came, she shared the following tips:

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