The Research Cycle is the “Ciiiircle of Liiife!”

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Week 3: The Research Cycle is the “Ciiiircle of Liiife!”

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This week’s focus is the Research Process and how information is circular.

Read the article “Shitty First Drafts  Download Shitty First Drafts (Links to an external site.)” by Anne Lamott, and answer the questions below. You will need to submit your original post (150 words) before you respond to (2) two of your peers. Each peer response should be 50 words or more.

Discussion Questions:

  1. Lamott says that the perceptions most people have of how writers work is different from the reality of the work itself. She refers to this in paragraph 1 as “the fantasy of the uninitiated.” What does she mean?
  2. In paragraph 7 Lamott refers to a time when, through experience, she “eventually let [herself] trust the process – sort of, more or less.” She is referring to the writing process, of course, but why “more or less”? Do you think that her wariness is personal, or is she speaking for all writers in this regard? Explain.
  3. From what Lamott has to say, is writing a first draft more about the product or the process? Do you agree in regard to your own first drafts? Explain.
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