Lamott - enjoys the actual teaching part, or likes to watch...

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E.L. Doctorow once said that “writing a novel is like driving a car at night. You can see only as far as your headlights, buy you can make the whole trip that way.” You don't have to see where your going, you don't have to see your destination or everything you will pass along the way. You just have to see two or three feet ahead of you. This is right up there with the best advice about writing, or life, I have ever heard. Page 18 (short assignments) In this forum please post a response (150 words) to the readings for the week (e.g., Lamott, Hills, Padgett, fiction, etc.). Find one specific passage that helps you or might do so, explain why, and cite it parenthetically (Lamott 21-27). Please be sure to proofread your response. As far as I can tell Anne Lamott is an author who enjoys writing about writing and teaching other people how to write. Whether she
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Unformatted text preview: enjoys the actual teaching part, or likes to watch non-writers suffer through the writing process I don't know. I haven't found much that Lamott and I have in common, literary wise. She talks about Moby Dick (xxvi), Catcher in the Rye (xix), and Falkner; (55) not really my cup of tea. Yet in the midst of it all, I came across a paragraph of gold. Quoting Anne Lamott, quoting E.L. Doctorow; Writing a novel is like driving a car at night. You can see only as far as your headlights, buy you can make the whole trip that way. You don't have to see where your going, you don't have to see your destination or everything you will pass along the way. You just have to see two or three feet ahead of you. (18) Being more of a novelist than a poet, I really think that this paragraph is the creme de la creme of writing advice....
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This note was uploaded on 04/29/2008 for the course REL 100 taught by Professor Depends during the Spring '08 term at Augsburg.

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