Lamott aligns writing with raising children in this section. All kids need a time to learn and a time for a break, and for a writer looking something up is break time. Though it might still be work, figuring out something they don’t know for a story can lead a writer to making new connections and extending their network of people, legion of writer friends or otherwise. Research shares the work of writing, by using that network as a way of distributing the weight of knowledge needed for the story.
This section agrees with Krista Kennedy and Rebecca Moore Howard’s “Collaborative Writing, Print to Digital” because the idea is that working together will ultimately create the best success. Though the section does not explore the digital side of collaboration like Kennedy and Howard’s article does, it delves into the helpful nature of teamwork. These two theorists stress that in classroom composition, “the need to create assignments that reflect the reality of contemporary writing environments remains a pressing pedagogical concern” (44). In the increasingly interconnected world, writing groups like Lamott suggests might be old fashioned, but can easily translate to the digital age Kennedy and Howard want to plan for.