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Step 1: Read the following passage:
Almost all good writing begins with terrible first efforts. You need to start somewhere. Start by getting something—anything—down on paper. A friend of mine says that the first draft is the down draft—you just get it down. The second draft is the up draft—you fix it up. You try to say what you have to say more accurately. And the third draft is the dental draft, where you check every tooth, to see if it's loose or cramped or decayed, or even, God help us, healthy.
—from Bird by Bird: Some Instructions on Writing and Life ©1994 by Anne Lamott

Step 2: In the box below, state the main idea of the passage:



Step 3: Think about some of the things you've learned about writing, one or two lessons or useful concepts that you use when you write. (You might want to look at a couple more of Anne Lamott's statements about writing).

State one or two things you've learned about writing:



Have you received an assignment that asks you to state something? Do Your Own is a section that can help you get started. We also have some samples of CUNY assignments that ask students to state ideas or opinions.


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