- Paperback: 272 pages
- Publisher: Anchor; Anchor Books ed edition (1 September 1995)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0385480016
- ISBN-13: 978-0385480017
- Product Dimensions: 13.2 x 1.5 x 20.3 cm
- Average Customer Review: 25 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #5,073 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Bird by Bird: Some Instructions on Writing and Life Paperback – 1 Sep 1995
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Well, I am writing this review after a second back-to-back read.
It’s that good. It is one of the best books for authors by an author I have ever read, and I say that even though there are about a zillion books for authors by authors I still have to catch up on.
This book isn’t about getting your use of the apostrophe right, or about avoiding dangling participles. This book is about perfectionism, about school lunches, about dialogues and about broccoli.
It is about writing, not eating, and I highly recommend you read the book if you want to know (and learn from knowing) what school lunches and broccoli have to do with authorship.
This book is about dealing with the vulnerabilities of authors by an author who has dealt with the vulnerabilities of being an author and has prevailed, if that easy, humorous writing style is anything to go by.
And this book is a superb example of how to do storytelling right in a non-fiction book.
This book is a kind of bible on the other category of abilities an author needs, the kind of abilities of the mind and spirit you won't find described in grammar books and books on craftsmanship.
I have this feeling I will be reading it again. Seems broccoli is good for you.
Also i found out that the author is suffering from her own insecurities and first world problems. In light of that she has made writing a thing of pain itself. This book is like a memoir of her but with lot of self deprecating humour and unnecessary ramblings of her own life.
If you are interesting in creative writing, do buy this book and you will not regret the money or time invested on it..