Anne Lamott wrote, in detail, about how she gets words onto a page. As much as I enjoyed reading about her process and what goes through her mind, I can't say I do anything similar to her. From freaking out about writer's block and failure to hating criticism, Lamott explains the anxiety-filled steps to writing her first, second, and third drafts.
Anne Lamott (photo courtesy of Google Images)
My process of writing is mostly different from Lamott's. When I sit down to write, I usually have a plan in my head. But, unlike Lamott who writes for publication and/or fun, my writing usually consists of assignments for academia that I have been instructed to do. The thoughts that go through my head are usually, "What is the prompt asking?", "What do I know to answer this question?", "How do I begin?". Though the blinking cursor stares back at me like its the computer screen's heart beat, I don't psych myself out and think of things such as orthodontia or my finances. I simply put the words in my head on the screen. Writer's block reminds me of the episode of Spongebob Squarepants when Spongebob has a deadline to write an essay and the only word he can think of is "The". Though I have run into this block before, I can't say it is a reoccurring issue for me.
Spongebob's essay (image courtesy of Google Images)
I usually don't write in drafts. Reason being mostly because of the lack of time being in college gives me, but even if I did have enough time, I don't think I would. I am a very strategic person when it comes to my school work so I like to get things done in the easiest, most efficient way. To me, I would rather write my essay, proofread it, and go back to fix the errors. I do know that my first draft won't be the best and should be improved, but writing the whole thing again from beginning to end is very time consuming and frustrating.
rough draft pun (image courtesy of Google Images)