Mizzou ENGLSH 1000 - Shitty First Drafts (3 pages)

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Englsh 1000 - Exposition and Argumentation

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Shitty First Drafts Anne Lamott from Bird by Bird Some Instructions on Writing and Life 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 People tend to look at successful writers writers who are getting their books published and maybe even doing well financially and think that they sit down at their desks every morning feeling like a million dollars feeling great about who they are and how much talent they have and what a great story they have to tell that they take in a few deep breaths push back their sleeves roll their necks a few times to get all the cricks out and dive in typing fully formed passages as fast as a court reporter But this is just the fantasy of the uninitiated I know some very great writers writers you love who write beautifully and have made a great deal of money and not one of them sits down routinely feeling wildly enthusiastic and confident Not one of them writes elegant first drafts All right one of them does but we do not like her very much We do not think that she has a rich inner life or that God likes her or can even stand her Although when I mentioned this to my priest friend Tom he said you can safely assume you ve created God in your own image when it turns out that God hates all the same people you do Very few writers really know what they are doing until they ve done it Nor do they go about their business feeling dewy and thrilled They do not type a few stiff warm up sentences and then find themselves bounding along like huskies across the snow One writer I know tells me that he sits down every morning and says to himself nicely It s not like you don t have a choice because you do you can either type or kill yourself We all often feel like we are pulling teeth even those writers whose prose ends up being the most natural and fluid The right words and sentences just do not come



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