Anne Lamott reading

As I began to read Anne Lamott’s, “Shitty First Drafts”, I felt that she tried to connect more with the reader but talking as if she was just having a simple conversation. She did not use many fancy and intricate words but rather expressed her thoughts and opinions nonchalantly. Lamott put a different image in my mind about writers, especially great ones. She explained how very few writers really know what they are doing at first and will not always find writing enjoyable. Most people think that successful writers can sit down and write a great work right then and there without any problem. Little do people know, that great writers do not feel confident all the time nor get the right story right away. They make mistakes and aren’t perfect just like us college students. The way to get anything written is by writing multiple poor drafts.  After all, you need to start somewhere. Anne Lamott believes that all good writing begins with terrible first efforts. The first draft should consist of word vomit and your voices or visions that have come to mind. The first draft is the a 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” (paragraph 4). Writing a first draft is more about the product as well. Even though writing multiple drafts is apart of the writing process, it gets you closer towards a finished product. By writing a second draft, more details and descriptions can be added with a proper introduction and conclusion. The third draft is like a “dental draft, where you check every tooth, to see if it’s loose or cramped or decayed…” (paragraph 10). By writing one draft, several more drafts will be constructed to perfect the first and achieve the final. After completing this writing process, eventually one will begin to trust the process. Lamott refers to a time when she does this through experience in paragraph 7. Even though this writing process can help make a writer more confident with their writing, there is always that stage of fear and aggravation when a first draft is created.


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