Lamott’s “Shitty First Drafts” Discussion

Lamott’s “Shitty First Drafts” Discussion.


read materials and write the reflection

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deadline: 5hrs

Thoroughly read and respond to the prompt below after reading Lamott’s “Shitty First Drafts”
Your discussion post should be 300-400 words long.


Lamott’s “Shitty First Drafts” is a creative piece that is meant to elicit a particular kind of emotional response. What was your response to the article/what did you think of it? Before you read it, did you feel that writing was an innate talent that only some special people are gifted? Has your mind changed after reading it? What were your favorite lines in the piece (or if you didn’t care much for it, what were your least favorite lines) and why? Do you believe Lamott’s main points? Why do you think it’s so hard for people to write shitty first drafts?


My emotional response elicited by Lamott’s piece was that of sympathy and empathy for the author. I felt some strong connection to the struggles encountered by writers and some of the favorites authors around the globe. I thought the article was an illustrative piece of the scenes behind the colorful articles and reviews in magazines and national newspapers.

Honestly, before reading the piece, I thought writing, similar to athletics is built-in talent. The perception was built around my experiences and struggles in developing a thoughtful piece that will attract positive reviews. I have struggled for years with writing, and thus I concluded that the ordeal was talent oriented.

Accordingly, after reading the article, the ideology has changed, and I can confirm that the endeavor follows hard work and commitment. Lamott expounds on the struggles faced before generating the reviews for the California magazine (Lamott, 2005, pg.94). Her diligence paid off by sharpening the writing skills that have led to a dozen books and articles.

“The first draft is the child’s draft, where you let it all pour out and then let it romp all over the place, knowing that no one is going to see it and that you can shape it later. “The line is among the few that captured my attention in the text. The ideologies highlighted in the phrase might encourage anyone afraid of expressing their insights in a paper. Also, “Very few writers know what they are doing until they’ve done it,” appeared interesting (Lamott, 2005, pg.93). The line was an indication that writing is not a talent but a physical practice born through multiple mistakes.

I concur with Lamott’s main points in the piece since they are exhaustive and, in some way, self-explanatory. I think most participants fail to accommodate a shitty first draft due to their self-esteem and other personal issues. Individuals believe in perfection, thus find it hard to express their incompetence through poor drafts.


Lamott, A. (2005). Shitty First Drafts.” Language Awareness: Readings for College Writers. Boston: Bedford/St. Martin’s, 93-96. Retrieved 24 August 2020, Retrieved from.

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