Draft No. 4: On the Writing Process (2017) by John McPhee


Critical Evaluation "It’s the last three chapters, 'Checkpoints,''Draft No. 4' and 'Omission,' that will be assigned and reassigned by grateful writing teachers. Perhaps the most generous passages in this generous book are in these final chapters: letters to the student of a fellow writing teacher, Anne Fadiman (whose yearly seminar at Yale was endowed by a former student in honor of Zinsser), and to Martha and Jenny, two of his four daughters, now both professional writers: 'Blurt out, heave out, babble out something — anything — as a first draft.... As you work it over and alter it, you begin to [...]