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BIRD BY BIRD: Some Instructions on Writing and Life

Editorial Review - Kirkus - Jane Doe

Lamott (Operating Instructions, 1993, etc.) gently explodes the fantasy that writing will solve all of a fledgling author's problems—an ailing bank account, low self-esteem—and at the same time argues that writing ``does turn out to be its own reward.'' Beginning with her first exposure to the writing life through her father, Lamott introduces some practical points: shaping credible dialogue ... Read full review

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Bird by Bird is an excellent example of a "writers guide" being both practical and entertaining, teaching me new tactics and as well as affirming several I've already learned. I would recommenced this to anyone who wants to tell a tale. Even my writing instructor uses this as a teaching aid!

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The core lesson here is that if you're going to attempt something creative, you need to give yourself permission to make a "sh!##y first draft," and then improve that. This was very helpful to me. Much more useful than The Artist's Way. Little Bets carries this idea even further.

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The most entertaining book on writing I've ever ready, and includes very useful tips for establishing writing as an everyday habit. Read full review

Review: Bird by Bird: Some Instructions on Writing and Life

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Beautiful book. Though I only finished it today, it's already changed the way I think about writing, and see myself as a writer. Read full review

Review: Bird by Bird: Some Instructions on Writing and Life

User Review  - Kathy Bierman - Goodreads

I love this book. I have the paperback and the Kindle version so I can carry it around with me at all times. The book's topic is writing, but the lessons given apply to all facets of life. If you want ... Read full review

Review: Bird by Bird: Some Instructions on Writing and Life

User Review  - Goodreads

This is a very insightful, very introspective book. I didn't read it with thoughts of becoming a writer, but now I might. I did come away with a lot of great ideas and warm feelings. I loved it and I love how it made me think. Read full review

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life lessons served up with writing lessons - makes me want to write Read full review

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It's amazing. Read full review

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