My rating: 5 of 5 stars
Yes, I know the only way to improve and be a writer is to keep writing, to write everyday, to make it a habit. But this book shows you a process, lets you understand more than general “just write” or “show, don’t tell” advice (which are both very helpful, honestly, but damn frustrating at the beginning, when you think you should only write when inspired and haven’t taken lit classes to know the difference between ‘showing’ and ‘telling’ in writing). In Bird by Bird, there is concrete plan that you can do/follow to keep writing. Of course, it may not work for everyone, but it’s a process that works for some people and just by that example alone, it gives motivation for you to find your own process.
I like how this book comes with advice, not just on writing (as the subtitle says), but on handling writer’s egos, pitfalls, and talks about the frustrations about writing, being a writer, and how apt her descriptions are of the highs, of why people write, despite the frustration, the emotional turmoil, the headaches it brings along.