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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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User Review  - John - Goodreads

This book definitely feels like an all-you-can-eat buffet of writing advice. You feel gluttonous after reading a chapter, being so filled with sagely, yet practical wisdom that you say "I can't eat ... Read full review

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User Review  - Diane - Goodreads

This book was selected for discussion in one of my bookclubs. It's a nonfiction book about the craft of writing fiction. I liked the author's writing style and sense of humor. But it's an odd book to ... Read full review

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User Review  - Akeli - Goodreads

To be fair, perhaps I didn't get the humor in this book, and despite not liking it, I did read it cover to cover within a night. I also wonder if skipping the short biography in the front of the book ... Read full review

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User Review  - Erin - Goodreads

Loved it! Practical and useful suggestions for writing, but more importantly, for life. Entertaining and engaging - not too technical or textbook like. Read full review

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User Review  - Yijun Zhu - Goodreads

Being a writer is not about crossing it off the Bucket List or getting published. It is ultimately about "how alive we are willing to be?" Brilliant. Finished on 2015/06/12 Read full review

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User Review  - Elizabeth - Goodreads

This book is more about life, and less about the technical aspects of writing. But don't let that stop you! Read full review

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User Review  - Cricket Muse - Goodreads

Bird by Bird came way of recommendation. I'm usually leery of writer manual type books because I believe if I'm actually going to get better at something I should be doing it, not reading about it ... Read full review

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