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Annie Lamott's essay

Anne Lamott is a professional writer whose book Bird by Bird: Some Instructions on Writing and Life considers not only writing but also the writer’s habits of mind. 1,500 more words

Can you overshare during NaNoWriMo?

Let me preface this post with the words: This is a really bad idea.

Great. That bit’s over.

Many writers and readers know that it is currently National Novel Writing Month or NaNoWriMo at the moment, and I’ve decided that this year, I’ll be sharing all my outlining and writing, daily online. 380 more words


Shitty First Drafts

I have always been a writer. It’s been an integral part of my identity for as long as I can remember. Somewhere in my parent’s or grandparent’s attic is faded evidence of this in its earliest forms, from fantasies about princesses and unicorns on that chunky lined paper you learned how to shape the perfect “Q” on in kindergarten, to more mature, but still embarrassing stories about war, flawed utopias, love, and magic. 1,036 more words


M just now....

M: Ya know, Mom, it’s true that knowledge is power. But it’s ALSO true that it’s dangerous when misused, just like Power.
Me: Hmmm…. That’s a good point. 54 more words

Shitty First Drafts


As the water cools this time of year M can be most easily persuaded to swim at sunset “when the name of the day alliterates with the sun.” He quickly dives through a few waves, checks out the sailboats and heads back to shore where I wrap him in as many towels as possible. 105 more words

Shitty First Drafts

Shitty First Drafts

Attempting to write a perfect piece, a perfect, glorious and masterful piece is the easiest action a single entity could achieve, right?

Wrong. Over and over again people try to write a work of perfection, with little to no success.   383 more words

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Shitty First Drafts Reflection

This week the reading we had to do in Communications was “Shitty First Drafts”. I enjoyed this piece of writing; I believe the author (Anne Lamott) made her point, that writing is a process and doesn’t just start out amazing, clearly and well. 221 more words

Shitty First Drafts