Posted on September 10, 2018
After reading Lamott’s “Shitty First Drafts”, I realized that not every writer is able to sit down, then pick up a pen or pencil and immediately have tons of words to be written down in mind. Writing is not hard, but having an well written essay or article is never a easy thing to do. There are many things going on when we try to think of a topic or a thesis statement and those unrelated thoughts always stop us from going further. As Lamott says, all great writers start out with a terrible first draft, before undergoing numerous iterations of improvements, to polish their essay into a masterpiece. I think the advice that the author says in the reading is quite useful. For the first shitty draft, what we need to do is get it down; for the second draft, we fix the previous one up; and for the third draft, we polish it, in which he means we need to check every word used in the paper just like dentists checking on every single tooth for their patients.