Respones to "Shitty First Drafts."
I thought that â€śShitty First Draftsâ€? was a fairly interesting article, but I donâ€™t necessarily agree with it. My first drafts are, by no means, superb, but I donâ€™t think that theyâ€™re â€śshitty.â€? Most of the time, slight modifications to my first draft are sufficient for a decent second draft. However, this varies, and is dependent on how much time, and effort I put into my first draft.
In high-school, I only went through my first drafts in order to correct grammatical errors. A majority of the time, I would receive an A or B on these papers. College is severely different though. For instance, my first draft for this class was, in fact, a piece of â€śshit.â€? I mean, it was really horrible. The only thing that prevented me from rewriting it was â€śShitty First Drafts.â€? â€śShitty First Draftsâ€? actually made me feel secure, and proud of my â€śshittyâ€? first draft.
I also liked Lamottâ€™s humorous anecdote regarding her experience at â€śCalifornia Magazine.â€? Itâ€™s nice to know that even professional writers can not just sit down, and type a masterpiece. In fact, she states that her first drafts were so bad that she would be embarrassed is anyone finds them.
Although I agree with Lamott, I donâ€™t know if her theory of revision after revision is always true. I have had experience with this in the form of multiple choice tests. There are always one or two questions that Iâ€™m not entirely sure of, so I revise my answer about fifty times. By the time I hand in my test, there are tiny eraser rips on the scantron, and one would not be able to discern which bubble was actually filled in. Anyways, I never correctly answer these questions. Seriously, Iâ€™m never right. Maybe the aforementioned example is stupid; however, my best work is occasionally, not all the time, but occasionally, my first draft.