In terms of writing, I closely relate to Lamott’s experience in the sense that whenever I sit down to prepare my final draft, I do not usually come up with the final draft at that time. Instead, I usually tend to prepare a number of drafts before I am able to prepare the final draft. At first, I was disappointed by myself because some of my colleagues though very few were able to draft their final drafts in the shortest time possible (Lamott 1). When I asked two of these colleagues about their writing experiences and whether they encountered any difficulties in writing, they both told me that writing was not a problem for them. So I did not bother to ask the other colleagues about their writing experiences because I expected them to disappoint me with the same answers.
In spite of this, I did not give up writing, but I encouraged myself that I would be like them one time. The encouragement and the zeal to become the best have transformed my writing experiences. Although I do not imply that I no longer struggle to prepare my final draft, I appreciate the fact that I do not struggle as I did before. In fact, the number of the drafts that I prepare before I come up with the final one has reduced from five to three. For this reason, as Lamott claims, this has given me the confidence that I require in my studies and in advancing my career in writing and other writing-related areas (Lamott 1). Nonetheless, I do not consider myself to have achieved what I want to achieve in my studies and in writing career, but I consider myself to have achieved something that can propel me to a higher level in writing.
Lamott, Anne. Shitty First Drafts. Language Awareness: Readings for College Writers. Ed. by Paul Eschholz, Alfred Rosa, and Virginia Clark (9th ed.). Boston, MA: Bedford/St. Martin’s, 2005: 93-96.