Bird by Bird is the story of writers. Most of the people who are new to writing are looking for fame & money. The author of this book i.e Anne Lamott has described various phases of writing with some compliments from her life events. A wonderful woven book is great to read for anyone who is looking to get perspective on how the writers feel & think.
The book is divided into various section like writing, writing frame of mind, help along the way & finally the publication which is the goal of every writer. The author covers all the main points in details with the help of the stories to prove her points. The first section deals with the dilemma of writing. There are many myths about writing & writers; the author divides the process into various phases & tell how to get it started. She talks about plots, characters & shitty first drafts.
The second section is about how to get an idea about the plot. What elements you should consider while framing your story & what all things can help you to attain desired goals. Further, in the third section, the author tells about the factors that can help you on your journey. Things like reviews, use of index cards can all change the outcomes of your story.
The final step is publication, what all is involved in the publication & why it is so important to get published. Writing should be joyous irrespective of publication outcome. This is what will keep you going as a writer. If you will allow results to dictate your mood then you will be in a lot of trouble.
Some of the worth lines from this book are as follows:
Almost every single thing you hope the publication
will do for you is a fantasy, a hologram
“Writing a novel is like driving a car at night. You
can see only as far as your headlights, but you can make the whole trip that
Perfectionism is the voice of the oppressor, the enemy of the people.
I tell my students to write this down — that the
dream must be vivid and continuous
But some of the loneliest, most miserable, neurotic, despicable people we know have been the most successful in the world.
Becoming a writer is about becoming conscious.
So, if you are inclined towards writing you should read this book for sure.