In Lamott’s writing, she animates her ideas of writing raft drafts to the readers. Lamott delivers her message very creatively by using various descriptive and poetic phrases, making her piece entertaining and impressing. She frankly talks about her struggles as a writer in order to encourage the readers to feel comfortable making their first attempts. However, because of her language style in the article, her argument becomes vague. From the reader’s point of view, the intention of this article seems to be a ‘writing guide for beginners’ rather than an argumentative essay because her writing lacks evidence and credibility.
4) He argues that the goal for a writer is to find the right approach in order for the audience to understand his side. 1) All good writers write “shitty” first drafts, but you should still write them regardless of how bad they might turn out. 2) She directly states her thesis in the essay, gives an example of when she
“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.
I am a slow writer because I want everything to be perfect. I want my ideas to flow naturally and be supported. I re-read every sentence multiple times, rearranging my sentences, adding sentences where I feel it needs to be elaborated and so forth. My final work feels like a masterpiece after everything I had to do. I would be pretty upset if someone plagiarized my ideas and received all the credit.
A draft, even multiple drafts are necessary to create that natural flow of the final paper. Don’t feel the need that your first attempt at writing something should flawless. The first draft isn’t intentionally bad, it 's just how raw ideas on paper come out sometimes. Anne Lamott said that when she writes she makes her articles twice or even three times longer than what it originally was meant to be. In doing so, you’ll have more than enough ideas to work with to have bouncing around to use later or to remove and never look back.
In reading Lamott’s essay I found myself compelled to keep reading. It was the first time I read an article on how to be a better writer that basically says, do your worse work, and then learn from it. Interestingly enough there are components in her article that I can relate too such as in paragraph five where she discusses the initial writing and not being able to start the writing process. I can relate to this because when writing I sometimes stare at the computer screen thinking of the right words to open my essay with, even though I have ideas for other parts of the paper I am left stuck at the start line. Overall her article brought a type of excitement to me as I read it, almost as if it has given me hope for writing, especially with the thought of a five page paper lingering in the back of my mind.
Through the many struggles in life, I have been able to distinguish the more challenging struggles, from the lesser challenging. Out of the many obstacles in life, I find writing to be one of the more treacherous ones. Although many works of writing appear to be easily forged by the artist, creating the first draft for any writer has proven to be a very treacherous journey. In Anne Lamott’s excerpt from her book “Bird by Bird”, she describes her own personal struggle with writing first drafts when she worked for the “California Magazine”. She describes the stress involved with her work and the importance of throwing up all thoughts onto paper.
This paper was probably one of the hardest paper I had to write just because I felt like I was on my own. I was scared at first but i felt like this helped me learn how to properly look and analyze a speech or a writing in general. One way this helped was I highlighted what I thought was a rhetorical device and I had to properly analyze it and see what he/she is trying to accomplish through his or her writing. One thing that I still need practice on is explaining how the techniques the author uses workes for what they are trying to accomplish. The only way I can get better at this is by re-reading previous papers we worked with or just asking for help or clarification.
Writing an essay can be intimidating. There are so many steps that you must follow that it can be overwhelming before you can say that you finished. But don’t worry. “Writing for an Audience” by Linda Flower, “The Maker’s Eye: Revising Your Own Manuscripts” by Donald Murray, and my personal experience will demonstrate the process of writing an essay: outline, drafting, review, revising, editing, and proofreading in detail. Before any writing, it is recommended that you start off brainstorming.
AP classes are said to be very hard, of course very challenging, and that they suck the living life out of you. However, regardless of that, I still choose it, because I believe that the more of writing skills you have, the better. I can’t have enough of English skills, because there is always something I can improve on. With all the different literary techniques, I can write better essays.
Author Tannen begins with details behind communication misconceptions, which leads with indirectness. The book was written to provide knowledge on communication to defeat the common barriers in everyday life. She states in the beginning there are two major ways communication tends to advance, smooth or choppy. You meet someone for the first time and conversation continues to flow with lack of effort, or you meet someone and the conversation takes great effort and goes nowhere. The book was written to determine the reasoning behind each.
He stated at one point in his memoir regarding a job with limited creativity, “If I am to give my people any creative input, it will have to be in selecting material from a pre-approved book. So I set about writing that book” (Schneider iBook). He wants to break the corporate boundaries set, and he found the work around and acted upon it revealing that his way of pushing the limits is by action, not by thought of possibility. These two homunculi (or should I say two-sided homunculus) does have many boundaries set, but while they also push for things, they are bound to give up on many things along their great
We, the reader are able to understand the entire novel. After reading the novel, we can distinguish the character’s standard or so. For instance, there is a lot of grammatical error in Myrtle’s play because she is not an Ivy League graduate, but she pretends to be like people from East Egg. His writing styles are appealing (appeals the emotions), emotional more than logical (they make decision with full of emotions which might not be a good idea esp. when Wilson killed Gatsby), intellectual (Ivy League graduates and their way to handle the situation esp.
In my essays I would have all kinds of run on sentences and comma splice errors. I would be looking over my paper and I would not see any issues with how it was worded. When someone else would read it, they would get stuck on sentences and become confused. While reviewing my drafts for each essay, I started to get tougher on myself on each essay as the class progressed. I started to dig deeper before I would call the essay ready to turn in for the final draft.
As a "writer" I 've found my writing style to be more of a put together flourish of words and thoughts that in another 's opinion might seem like it never left the drafting stage (besides the few grammatical edits and big words to make it seem like it was written by someone smart). I went through a stage of writing in purely second person, and because of that I lost the ability to respect the need of more emotional descriptiveness. I 've gotten embarrassed to write in that context and end up passing it up for more serious tones that just don 't get my writing anywhere extraordinary. I want to gain confidence in my writing so I can go the places I want to go with it, while also learning to keep it organized and in line with my exact thoughts. My thoughts seem to provide a more well-laid out idea than my actual writing does.