The article “Shitty First Drafts” by Anne Lamott is a simple article discussing how most well-written essays must come from a “shitty first draft.” Lamott simple yet effective organization, casual use of language, and style along with humor sells her concept that the scattered first draft does not have to be perfect and is necessary to create a well-written essay. In the article, Lamott uses simple organization. She begins the article with a brief introduction of the concept that few people can just sit down and write a perfect, beautiful essay or book on the spot. Most writers need to sit down and just slap their ideas on paper to get the creative juices flowing. The first draft is not about perfection; it is about diving into writing and activating one’s brain.
According to Malcolm Gladwell, Blink: The Power of Thinking Without Thiking is "a book about rapid cognition, about the kind of thinking that happens in the blink of an eye." The subject matter for this book has a lot of room for potential. However, blink fails to become a relevant and engaging one for six reasons: No Thesis The book is a series of anecdotes about unconscious decision-making. That 's it, nothing else. At the beginning of the book, Gladwell narrates short stories to prove that we should trust our snap judgments.
Harper Lee's famous work, TO KILL A MOCKINBIRD, is a beautiful story in the eyes of many beholders. Though the writer herself considers her novel to be a simple love story, it was the winner of the Pulitzer Prize in 1961 and is regarded by many as a masterpiece of American literature. Most supporters probably enjoy this book because of the author's way of expressing her view on the motives of human behavior. In her work, Harper Lee portrays several instances in which one who is innocent is harmed at the hand of another's self-interest. She refers to this injustice in the title of her novel, likening it to "the senseless slaughter of songbirds by hunters and children" (Lee, 323).
In the book “Flipped” by Wendelin Van Draanen, Juli is a very smart and bright character. One example is when , Bryce states that , “Juli Baker is the kind of annoying person who makes a point of letting you know she’s smart. Her hand is the first one up; her answers are usually complete dissertations; her projects are always turned in early and used as weapons against the rest of the class” (8)This is the opinion of Bryce who hated Juli at that time, but even he stated that Juli was smart, even though it wasn’t in a positive way. But Juli is, more than just book and academic smart, she is just in general a very intelligent girl. She’s able see things differently and in a unique way, like the sycamore tree.“So I told him about the sycamore
In the article "What Is Academic Writing?" by L. Lennie Irvin, myths about writing are stated to show how they are not always true and how they can lead to misconceptions in writing. The article states seven myths, and a myth that I felt a connection with was myth number five that states, good grammar is good writing. Most of the time when I 'm have a writing assignment I have serious trouble with grammar. Myth number five, however, states that writing is more than just having outstanding grammar, it is also about getting your point across to the audienece.
In this myth, she uses a very comical tone, as if she is making fun of the gods, to highlight their flaws. The author’s purpose is to convince us that even the greatest, were abnormal. The tone affects the theme in this story because it helps us understand the mood of the story. “From all the hype about families lately, one might think they are a fairly new thing”(Christian and Mazunik 9). This sentence uses the word “hype.” Hype is a very informal word therefore indicating that the mood of the story is relaxed and not formal.
The Great Gatsby Fitzgerald, F . Scott #3 “ I hope she’ll be a fool- that’s the best thing a girl can be in this world, a beautiful little fool” (pg. 20) The author decided to write this quote in the novel because it shows that in that era womens were not respected equally as mens did. I think it means that men are better than women and women are nothing but good looks. “ And so with the sunshine and the great bursts of leaves growing on the tree, just as things grow in fast movies, I had that familiar conviction that life was beginning over again with the summer.”(pg.
Schulz’s first major argument is the lack of emotion in the novel. This dispute is declared false with evidence such as Nick Carraway’s relationship with Jordan Baker. There is a lot of affection that is displayed between these characters, that help prove Schulz wrong. Also, Schulz claims the book to be too unrealistic regarding “human struggles.” What Schulz did not understand is that Fitzgerald purposely wrote the book to emphasize the “Great” in The Great Gatsby. The achievements and luxuries of the book are to be depicted, more than the strife of characters.
Italo Calvino once stated “A classic is a book that has never finished saying what is has to say.” Many people argue that a work of literature written before 1900 is outdated and has nothing to contribute to modern society. Others argue that classic works are timeless in what they say about human nature. The Tragedy of Romeo and Juliet is a relevant work for a person in modern times due to it teaches us valuable pieces of information. Such as it informs people about forbidden love, the crazy things love makes one do, and how suicide affects loved ones. One way Romeo and Juliet is a relevant work of art is it teaches people about forbidden love.
I 'm curious to know why your writing style is so good in some parts of the paper and so poor in others. And why have you not shown such great writing on the in-class essays?" • "This long passage doesn 't sound like your normal style. Is this a quotation where you accidentally forgot the quotation marks?" • "Explain to me again what the rules for paraphrasing or summarizing are.
Response to Shitty First Drafts Lamott’s “Shitty First Drafts” was non the less brilliant. I could not agree more that in order form a master piece, there needs to be a process. Just like anything else, the first time you do an activity or task, it isn’t going to be perfect, there will be some good that comes from the first time you do it, but there also is a lot of room for improvement. Lamott is an extremely successful writer and is very realistic in explaining her opinion on first drafts. Writing a first draft is like giving a speech for the first time.
When reading the poem for the first time, it is easy to belive that the poem starts off positive - with batman being referred to as a “big shot” (line 1) - and gets less so, but upon re-reading, we understand that the first few lines are, in fact, sarcasm. The poem orbits around the down sides of hero worship, as it is not a sustaining thing; no matter how great someone may seem, behind their cult of personality hides a flawed person . The poem develops its themes and ideas - that batman isnt as much of a hero as he 'd like us to think, and robin is the more heroic of the two - through a somewhat methodical destruction of his persona. By starting on a more positive note, and then illustrating his failures, it leads us to believe that the positive things we hear may not be true. An example of this is line 13, with the phrase “holy roll-me-over-in-the-clover” mocking batman for his affair with a married woman, parodying Batman 's use of the word “holy”, and using this repetition to exaggerate Batman 's failures.
“You and Samuel Clemens are the opposite of each other. Whereas Clemens wrote with terrible grammar to show Toms and Hucks verbal skills, you write with a great command of the English language. “However, you talk like a southern hick.” He went on to explain that though my reading and writing skills were well established my verbal skills were severely impeded. And that to be taken serious I needed to work on speaking as well as I wrote. He then asked me about my major and minor.
“Shitty First Drafts” definitely caught my attention because of its use of profanity in the title. It was eye catching and chose to read it first over Stephen Kings, “What Writing is”. Lamott’s and King’s ideas on writing are different from one another. King compares writing to telepathy and how pictures in people’s minds are portrayed through writing. While Lamott’s ideas are that writing is a process and it takes many attempts.
Huck 's morality is the only educational thing I believe is in this book, because it 's something you have to piece together and isn 't clear all the time. On page 43, Hucks early morality is a typical southern 's, “‘Well, I b 'lieve you, Huck. I—I RUN OFF.” “Jim!’”. Huck basically states he 's better than Jim in a way, Huck is shocked and mad that Jim has run off but Huck is also a run away so you can see this early racial attitude Huck has. On page 65, Huck 's moral improves by a little to show that he is making progress toward the right attitude, “ Pap always said it warn 't no harm to borrow things if you was meaning to pay them back some time; but the widow said it warn 't anything but a soft name for stealing, and no decent body would do it.