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Analysis Of Anne Lamott's Essay 'Shitty First Drafts'

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Anne Lamott is a successful writer, having authored six books and countless reviews in the magazine California. This means Lamott is very qualified to write about first drafts, shitty ones in particular, in her essay titled “Shitty First Drafts”. Lamott begins by debunking the common belief among non-writers that writers instinctively and effortlessly “[write] fully formed passages as fast as a court reporter” or even know what they are going to write about before they begin. In fact, Lamott claims the opposite, that most, if not all, writers “[rarely] know what they are going to do until they've done it”. Lamott likens the writing process to “pulling teeth”. Lamott even admits she often has to “write really, really shitty first drafts” in

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