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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

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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

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Another perspective on "Shitty First Drafts"

When I read through “Shitty First Drafts” by Anne Lamott, I was actually interested in what she had to say. It was as if she was speaking for the rest of us. 303 more words

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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

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Writing advice to a young scientist

Now that I have my own lab, the topic of students writing stuff comes up a lot. It seems like everybody writes to a universal time plan, which is the following: If you have n days to produce a report, or a thesis chapter, or an abstract,  then do absolutely nothing for n-2 days, scramble to produce something on day n-1, send it to your supervisor and ask them to provide feedback within the next hour or so, because after all, … 588 more words