Jodie asked Margaret Atwood:

Hi. Im 19 years old and I'm going to start writing a novel. I was wondering what do you think about books on writing. Will reading books like bird by bird be helpful or should I just start writing straight away?

Margaret Atwood Hello: I have no idea! Learn by doing… why not do both at once? Plunge in, and then if you get stuck, try a Helpful Hints book? A lot of people have mentioned Bird by Bird. The main thing is to keep going…
Margaret Atwood

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