The story that inspired Bird by Bird's title seemed very appropriate and applicable to me: a teacher who feels very inadequate to teach writing and who seems overwhelmed by the idea of writing. Basically, the author's little brother sat anxiously at the kitchen table trying to write a report on birds. While the assignment had been given months in advance, he (of course) had put it off until the night before, and now he sat stressing about how to even start; the task seemed so huge and daunting. His dad kindly instructed the boy, "Just take it bird by bird." What wonderful advice! I really enjoyed the author's voice in this book and how she makes an author's experience relatable.
William Bernhardt has four books on writing instruction (Story Structure, Creating Character, Perfecting Plot, Dynamic Dialogue). This book had more of a "how to" feel to them than Bird by Bird, but I still felt that it was very helpful in teaching me how to connect character development into each step of the plot. Really, this is a great series, and each book is pretty short and could easily be read in a day or two.
Andrew and Maichael
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