Summary and Personal Response Summary

and Personal Response

TheCrummyFirst Draftis an excerpt from Birdby Birdbook written by Anne Lamott. This article begins by highlightingwriters’ imperfections whenever they write. The author confessesthat it is hard for any person to write well during their first try.She, therefore advises, writers to write crummy first draftregardless of whether it appears terrible or clumsy. In this article,Lamott allows his thoughts to roam freely without holding anythingback thus, creating a draft that is full of useless descriptions andinformation. However, she argues that such crummy draft gives lead toa better second draft. Again, the article contains Lamott experiencesas a food reviewer, where she often panicked since she hardly knewwhat to write. As a food reviewer, Lamott often convinced herself towrite anything she preferred but allowed no one to see it (Aaron187). However, she often imagined all kinds of cartoon characterscommenting on the content of her drafts. She also narrates of how shemanaged to silence the imaginations and voices within herself with anaim of preventing them from affecting and distracting her from themain focus. She further argues that the sole purpose of a seconddraft is to fix the first one by taking out the best parts thatinterest a writer. As a result, she comes up with a version of herfirst draft that makes more sense and is better in most ways bytaking out the best parts of her first draft. She also argues thatthere is need for a third draft since it ensures the perfection ofthe written content.


Lamottdescription of imperfections that many writers face whenever theywrite their first draft is similar to the working of my writing. Ifind her description and reference of a first draft as down draftextremely interesting since it is indeed hard to find the rightcontent to write initially. In most cases, I spend half of my projecttime to gather enough content to draft. Undeniably, I find myselfworrying what to do and write in the initial stages. Delaysexperienced in the first try whenever writers start projects canhighly be attributed to perfectionist tendency of their minds to getdown the most perfect piece of work. Again, during this stage, theirbrains tend to worry more since they are under pressure to producehigh quality work that is appealing to the readers.

Inmy opinion, if writers can calm down and concentrate on creatingsomething that nobody will see (crummy first draft) then they can befree and open-minded to come up with creative pieces of work. Iconcur with the author claim that writers barely know what they aredoing until they have done it. I often have little or no ideawhenever I start writing something new but as time goes by contentsstart flowing naturally. In fact, I find myself coming up withcreative and unique piece of work when I worry less about executingstrictly planned scenes. Strictly planned scenes often lead tounnatural and fabricated piece of work that is hardly appealing tothe readers.

Finally,I agree with Lamott advice on the significance of listening to othersfeedback especially, to what help an individual improve. In mostcases, feedbacks help an individual improve and progress in theirwork. Nevertheless, we should avoid individuals who intentionally orunintentionally dismiss our work since their sole aim is todemotivate and make us feel less important.


Aaron,Jane. 40Model Essays A Portable Anthology.New York: Bedford, 2005. Print.