Author Anne Lamott encourages writers to keep going and remember that results are in the redrafting:

~ “Writing a first draft is very much like watching a Polaroid develop. You can’t . . . know exactly what the picture is going to look like until it has finished developing.”  

 ~ Excerpt from Bird by Bird (p. 39)

For succinct guidance on how to edit and proofread your papers, see the material prepared by the Writing Center at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

What’s a Polaroid???  See the Baker Library Historical Collections at Harvard Business School for a brief explanation of Polaroid’s instant camera.  For more about the history of the camera, visit the Polaroid exhibition at the MIT Museum.


Lamott, A. (1994).  Bird by Bird: some instructions on writing and life. New York: Pantheon Books.


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