The Effect of Anne Lamott’s “Shitty First Drafts” On Readers Everyone is familiar with writing a first draft and in many cases a “shitty first draft”. Anne Lamott’s article “Shitty First Drafts” explores the idea that everyone makes bad first drafts and should keep making bad first drafts because it is helpful and just part of the writing process. Lamott uses her personal experiences as a writer to explain that drafts do not have to be perfect along with ways to get started. She also includes ways to get over writers block. Her article encourages people to apply this way of thinking into their own writing. Although she may not have had ill intentions while writing this article, some may argue that this style of draft writing gives writers an …show more content…
Lamott’s article ended up affecting her readers in several ways. In the article “Shitty First Drafts” Anne Lamott explains that everyone has shitty first drafts and that not only is haveing a bad first draft normal, but useful to the writing process. Lamott begins the article by explaining writer’s relationships with first drafts “I know some great writers, writers you love who write beautifully and have made great deals of money, and not one of them sits down routinely feeling wildly enthusiastic and confident. Lamott argues writing is not some beautiful and easy task, and ultimately compares writing to pulling teeth. The way writers get started is through drafts and just getting their ideas on to paper is the main focus. The Bitely2 “shitty draft” that the writer first creates is meant to be freeing and eventually modified. Lamott shares her past in writing, which includes food reviews. When tasked with writing a food review Lamott would sit at her desk and try to write and then start to panic. She would start to think things like “I’m not going to be able to get the magic to work this time. I’m ruined. I’m toast…” The solution to her writer’s block would be “…to write a really shitty first draft” and to …show more content…
Readers learn how to get started when writing because Lamott included examples of how she gets started writing in her article. An example being “So I’d start writing without reining myself in. It was almost just typing, just making my fingers move.” Although this way to get started may be an anecdote, readers may take this tip and adopt it as part of their writing process. Lamott included tips on how she writes as a result Lamott was able to give writers practical methods to get over writer’s block. Getting started with writers block is a difficult task luckily Lamott told the readers how she overcame this “ Then I’d stop, remember to breathe, make a few phone calls, hit the kitchen and chow down”. These method of writing is far from what would be considered perfect, therefore creating a comforting effect on the readers who think writing is too difficult or out of reach. Because Anne Lamott is a writer she is able to give insight on her struggles with writing throughout her article, she ends up comforting readers by letting them know you do not have
In this story, “Shitty First Drafts,” the author Anne Lamott, explains the trouble that author goes through while writing a good book, paper, or anything else. The author Anne Lamott describes the struggle that I go with while writing a paper in this quotation, “Now, practically even better news than that of short assignments is the idea of shitty first drafts. All good writers write them. This is how they end up with good second drafts and terrific third drafts.” I am a person who struggles with writing papers and I am not a pro in when it comes to English, Writing, or Grammar, but I feel
Writing a first draft is like giving a speech for the first time. The first time you write a piece of work or give a speech there always is lots of error. The part of “Shitty First Drafts” that I liked the most was when Lamott states that the first
After reading the first chapter, writing with Style, from “Thinking Well”, by John R. Trimble, he made it seem as if he was writing about my writing when he explained a novice writer. Trimble explains how a novice writer would write by giving examples of how their style of writing looks like. For example, Trimble explains how new writers unconsciously write and how they are not aware of their egocentrism. He states what a novice would have to achieve objectivity, empathy, courtesy and social sensitivity in order for him to have a readable style. Trimble then discusses what makes a veteran writer and how their thinking process reflects their writing situation.
In the article “Shitty First Drafts” by Anne Lemott she discusses how every writer has difficulty putting their ideas on paper because writing should be seen as a process that even the best and famous writers follow. She also talks about how even the best writers don’t just come with ideas and just begin writing on paper and make it as their final draft. Lemott also points out the importance of being able to just write down every thought into the first draft regardless of the structure of the draft and how it makes it easier to start the second draft. After writing the second draft it makes the final draft a review of punctuation and grammar corrections. As a food reviewer she struggled putting her ideas together because she would start doubting
In Stephen King's memoir, On Writing, he discusses many of the fundamentals of writing he believes are crucial to great writers. In the part of the book titled, "The Craft of Writing," King reveals some of his many rules which have led to great success in the writing field. Out of the many points he explained, I noticed three rules that could benefit my writing the most as an AP Language and Composition student. Though simple, these rules opened my eyes to how I could advance my writing skills by following a few easy fixes. King trusted in writing dialogue truthfully, using the most appropriate vocabulary, and his process of revising.
I am now able to see the areas in which I lack in but I also recognize my strengths as well. To become a precise writer, you have to take the initiatives that will help you do so. These initiatives consist of working on different academic genres, planning and organizing material, identifying purpose and audience and for revising intentionally. It is also includes reading different types of texts and learning how to understand a writer’s argument and respond to the ideas of others.
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As I was reading Melissa Duffy’s “Inspiration, and Craig Vetter’s “Bonehead Writing,” I found myself connecting with Vetter’s paper more than Duffy’s. I found that the presentation in “Bonehead Writing” to capture my attention, and that Vetter’s feelings about writing was similar to my opinion on writing. Through his wording and humor, I think Craig Vetter wrote the best essay. I find that the wording and presentation of an article or essay influences my opinion of the writer, and it affects how I receive the idea they are trying to present to me. Craig Vetter uses a blunt approach to convey his idea that writing is nearly impossible to teach, and describes writing as “A blood sport, a walk in the garden of agony every time out.”
The Process of Writing People believe successful writers sit down and create papers within a blink of an eye. This is a perception. Anne Lamott had many conflicts as a writer. She revealed her problems with writing in her excerpt, “Shitty First Drafts”.
In “Shitty First Drafts” by Anne Lamott, she discusses how a writer’s first drafts are usually not perfect (para. 1). It is just a start-draft, just to get the writer going. The first step in this process is to write down anything you can think of at the moment or write out the details for your paper. Personally, I have always struggled with not just the first paragraph, but the first sentence. Like many students and writers, we all have difficulty starting with an interesting, attention-grabbing statement.
Anne Lamott 's essay, “Shitty First Drafts” explains to its readers that all writers, even the best, can have “shitty first drafts.” The essay presents the proper writing process from the first draft to the final piece of work. Her essay is intended to encourage writers who are in need of direction when it comes to writing and to teach inexperienced writers ways to become more successful in writing. Anne Lamott uses her personal experiences to build credibility, figurative language to engage the reader and provides the reader with logical steps for the writing process. To build credibility on her processes success, Lamott uses her own personal experiences.
“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.
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I continued to type; I added in unnecessary symbolism and metaphors to give the illusion of a well-written paper. I was making good time, I had almost a page and a half done already, but suddenly I stopped writing. “ What next?” I had a case of writer's block, and it was bad.
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