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“A Talk to Teachers” By James Baldwin

James Baldwin the author  A Talk to Teachers points out interesting  concepts he explain how us children ”not yet aware that it is dangerous to look too deeply at anything, look at everything, look a teach other, and draw their own conclusions. They don’t have the vocabulary to express what they see, and we, their elders, know how to intimidate them very easily and very soon.” Its true were used to just fallow what our parents do we pick up little information  or observe what we don’t know why its the purpose of doing those thing as well for teacher educating us in a young age but yet still confused we just need help in our lives and just be dependent our education is very poor  we carry little information don’t . we don’t use strong vocabulary or express things just know little details . As well James stated “the world is larger” I think what he means there is more ways to learn around the world and take education seriously we are not educated and i feel we should focus on that instead  of social media or the technology around us there are new information out in the world exciting or interesting  things can educate us and become smart young adults.The purpose of education, finally, is to create in a person the ability to look at the world for to make its own decisions and look our situation on our selves give us challenges and expectation and question our selves why did we make these option instead just fallowing from our peers or guardians.the “necessity” to examine, or to  learn more is outside of the world and to think deep to develop a conscience, you must It is your responsibility to change society if you think of yourself as an educated person.

Shitty First Draft


“Now, practically even better news than that of short assignments is the idea of
shitty first drafts. All good writers write them. This is how they end up with good
second drafts and terrific third drafts.”


Writing a short assignment helps you to create a better draft for second and third. This is something that I use to do back in high school writing short first paragraph and do second and third one. This way I get to come back to first draft and add more content and make it more strong paragraph.


“People tend to look at successful writers who are getting their books published and maybe even doing well financially and think that they sit down at their desks every morning feeling like a million dollars, But this is just the fantasy of the uninitiated.”


I strongly agree with this quote because people tend to sit and think how writer is rich and their luxury lifestyle and how they doing well financially and they want to do the same as writer. However people don’t think about how the writer got there what did he/she had to do to get there and the amount of work they put in. You have to be enthusiastic about writing and have to fall in love with it you can’t just become a writer just to earn money.


“First I’d go to a restaurant several times with a few opinionated, articulate friends in tow. I’d sit there writing down everything anyone said that was at all interesting or funny. Then on the following Monday I’d sit down at my desk with my notes and try to write the review.”


As a writer you need to listen to people opinions. This helps you to develop your writing strategy and gives you more knowledge about your draft. Peoples opinion can have huge impact on the draft and help you validate your point.


“I’d write a lead paragraph that was a whole page, even though the entire review could only be three pages long, and then I’d start writing up descriptions of the food, one dish at a time.”


Changing up your writing style can help you to develop more idea. This style can grab your readers attention quickly and will make your draft look more interesting.


shitty first drafts

quote 1”  Almost all good writing begins with terrible first effort. You need to start somewhere . Start by getting something anything down on paper”. I agree on this statement because at first you don’t know what to write it can be terrible at first but when you practice your writing  improves little, you know what people say practice makes perfect.

quote 2 ”I would pick up my one inch picture frame, stare into it as if for the answer,and every time the answer would come: all I had to do was to write a really shitty first draft of, say the opening paragraph. And no one was going to see it”.  I agree on this statement because rough draft no one see until its published and  the writing that you had on your rough draft  is private  the publisher tries to make the writing better.

quote 3” I would eventually let myself trust the process sort of, more or less. I’d write a first draft that was maybe twice as long as it should be, with a self-indulgent and boring beginning, stupefying descriptions of the meal, lots of quotes from my black-humored friends that made them sound more like the Manson girls than food lovers, and no ending to speak of.” I agree Its hard for writers to be perfect on there writing skills, it takes days or weeks, they put a lot of effort on there work .They feel frustrated if there piece is not good cant ask for help its all on them .  but the end of the day they are a successful writer.

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