"Bird by Bird" Analytical Essay by Research Group

"Bird by Bird"
Reviews Anne Lamott's book "Bird by Bird: Some Instructions on Writing and Life".
# 26050 | 670 words | 1 source | MLA | 2002 | US
Published on Apr 24, 2003 in English (Narrative) , English (Analysis) , Communication (General)

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As she declares clearly in the beginning of her book, "Bird by Bird: Some Instructions on Writing and Life", Anne Lamott's mission is not to fulfill her readers' dreams of getting published. Rather, her purpose is to pass on the knowledge she has acquired from direct experience and learning from other great writers to the readers to inspire them in their journey of writing. The paper discusses Lamott's book, including her unique style of writing, her use of analogies and images and the sense of intimacy she projects through the book.

From the Paper:

"Especially in the first section, Lamott presents a tremendous number of techniques to stimulate the writing process, such as creating a routine for writing and writing short assignments (4, 18). Instead of simply doling out the techniques, she enlivens her passages with humorous descriptions of the difficulties involved in the writing process: "The obsessing may keep you awake, or the self-loathing may cause you to fall into a narcoleptic coma before dinner" (Lamott 8). Therefore, she succeeds in tapping into the feelings of her readers who are probably aspiring writers. The readers know that they are in the hands of a truthful writer who understands and empathizes with their frustrations during the writing process."

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