Bird by Bird is a primer for writers. It lays out in simple terms the mechanical and psychological challenges that a writer faces. In sharp contrast to the early twentieth-century school of glamorized writing, Bird by Bird presents a frank account of writer's block, professional jealousy, the pressures of daily life, and repeated failure. Its central thesis is related to a paper the author's brother wrote as a child, a sizable report on birds which his father admonished him to handle "bird by bird."

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