School Lunches

            This is the first chapter to show off Lamott’s use of strange metaphors. Lamott compares finding inspiration to thinking about school lunches, going back in time to the schoolyard of youth where little things like what a sandwich was made of were topics of discussion. She tells the reader to look through a “one-inch picture frame” to find the focus of their story. Once they have something centered in that frame, they can begin to expand on it, reaching out to find what is hidden outside the frame. School lunches are only one kind of frame, and Lamott encourages the reader to find one in each writing scenario if they find themselves stuck.

It is here where Lamott starts getting into the main point of her own personal process. Her version of process pedagogy is different from Anson or Fulkerson in that is it made for creative writing as opposed to academic. However, there are still similarities to be drawn. This and future steps in Lamott’s process have a very expressiveist bent to them. They heavily feature a focus on the writer, which coincides with Fulkerson’s definition of the philosophy in his piece “Four Philosophies of Composition”. “I will keep the term expressive for philosophies of composition emphasizing the writer” (pg. 343). Throughout her book, Lamott does nothing if not emphasize the importance of the writer’s role in their work, and this section is no exception.

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