"Shitty First Drafts" Reaction
After reading the article â€śShitty First Draftsâ€? by Anne Lamon, I was extremely relieved. I am never satisfied after I write a first draft, and reading her comment â€śall good writers write themâ€? took a big weight off of my shoulders. I never feel confident when I sit down and whip out a quick and extremely unorganized first draft of a paper, and I am never happy with what comes out in the beginning. The good ideas always flow in after my initial thoughts are on paper, and I have gotten some feedback from either my peers or my teacher. I agree completely with Lamon when she says â€śvery few writers really know what they are doing until theyâ€™ve done itâ€?. Once you see your initial thoughts, then your deeper and stronger ideas come out to be later put on paper in an academic, formal paper structure. I always feel that when I just throw my first thoughts down on paper, I am being lazy, and not putting 100% into my paper. However, after reading Lamonâ€™s statement that â€śthe only way I can get anything written at all is to write really, really shitty first draftsâ€? I feel better just letting my thoughts out and putting them on paper, knowing that I can shape them later. It is relieving to know that no one will see my first draft and make any huge judgments on it, because everyone reading my â€śshittyâ€? first draft is in the exact same position. No one will roll their eyes and think I am a terrible writer in their heads, but they will work with my paper to try and give me some direction and structure, so when I do my self revision I have not only my developing thoughts to work with, but also the developing thoughts of others. I know there will be a lot of revision to be done, but I must take it solely as constructive criticism and use it to my advantage to tweak and clean up my terrible first draft. This article reassured me that papers never start well, and papers are never truly finished or perfect, we just run into due dates.