I don’t like going through something I have written several times, to me I have always wanted to hurry up and get done with assignments or be it written proposal at work. In my line of work, report writing was part of my duty, and I never like going through my work before submitting it. Having to revise my work was an entirely painstaking task. I equated it to such because it required that I revise my work numerous times. In one such experience, I hurriedly submitted my project report to my program director whose detailed feedback required me to re-do the work. The subsequent draft that I wrote was ridden with grammatical, formatting mistakes and not detailed as required. This class has helped me to appreciate the importance of revisions, I now realized my misconceptions. Peer review and writing lab tutor was really helpful throughout the whole process, which greatly instilled in me the confidence to thoroughly revise my work to achieve better results. Following the above incident, I had to contend with the fact that the process is disruptive in as much as it is instrumental in the writing process. Therefore, it did not come as a surprise to me when I embraced revision as a valuable tool for improving my writing.
In the class setup, while writing my first draft, my ideas did not flow as I intended because the original thoughts would be replaced by others immediately after. During my initial writing stages, I could also rush through the task at hand because I was overconfident that I had written a masterpiece that did not require any form of revision. According to Murray (2014), when students complete their first draft, they consider the job of writing done (Murray,2014). In my view, preliminary drafts tend to be hard because our thoughts are disorganized. In such instances, the words that are expressed in the writing tend to be different from the concepts in mind. In retrospect, even the most experienced writers need to put aside their accomplishments and past failures when writing their first drafts, and accept that their early drafts will probably be lousy and require revision. This is consistent with the view that professionals use their first draft to gauge their proficiency in the writing process.
Whereas writers at the beginner’s level tend to lack the confidence to get started on the task at hand, experienced writers tend to acknowledge the fact that incoherent thoughts allow the writers to revise their work to achieve coherence for the audience. In Murray’s view, one of the characteristics that distinguishes the professional writer from the inexperienced writer is attitude (Murray,2014). While the novice feels accomplished on his first task, the professional writer will see it as an opportunity to develop their skills and to discover what to say and articulate it better. Writers are professionally inclined to use revision to build on their proficiency because their writing experience is never complete. The reason for this is that words escape them which necessitates the writer to change, arrange and re-arrange their precious manuscripts in pursuit of perfection.
In my experience, revision should be clear and concise in its purpose. For instance, when I revise, I focus on topic sentences and commentary. Most of the time, the topic sentence expresses an opinion and is mainly followed by the first two concrete supporting details. The above method also referred to as the Schaffer method, has helped me to learn better approaches for revision. The method is easy to follow, and emulate. For example, when writing a novel thriller, an inexperienced writer may be tempted to steer away from the dark, thrilling, or at times scary parts of the story. The Schaffer method ensures that the audience is captivated throughout the entire Story. Revision becomes easier with the Schaffer method because it involves rewriting the same draft and revising it five times. Hence, it is one of the best and most useful strategies that one can use. Furthermore, the Schaffer method makes someone conscious of their future. It is the same manner in which writers should be treated because criticism should best be handled at this stage.
Most writers are indeed critical of each other’s work. It thus becomes quite a misdemeanor for the same individual to be asked to revise and correct their drafts. Murray argues through a novelist, Nancy Hale that, “an efficient writer ought to be critical of every distinct use of style in his work “( Murray,2014). Therefore, one should exercise what they most admire in other people’s work.
Additionally, according to Murray’s school of thought, a shocking number of people underestimate the copious amounts of rewriting required; “the end goal is to produce spontaneous literature” (Murray,2014). Therefore, reading, re-reading, then altering and correcting a book more often times is important in the revision of the text. As a novice in writing, it caters to any small window of doubt that rewriting is the needed new system.
In brief, the above discussion summarizes the importance of revision in literature work to analyze the documents. This reflection has also alleviated my earlier fears that revision is pretty hectic, tedious and quite unnecessary. The discussion has thus demonstrated that revision is the key component towards achieving clarity in today’s world. Without the elements of rewriting repetitively, the magic associated with experienced writers would vanish into thin air.
In conclusion, revision of drafts is essential for both first-time and experienced writers. It is a standard tool of measurement against such writers who refuse the revision of their books to be shared. Other observers note that the audience and information being shared play a critical role in the writing process. Well-written manuscripts should allow the writer to put themselves in the reader’s shoes and ensure that the information disseminated is digestible and addresses the needs of the audience. Lastly, the information, form, and structure lay the foundation of narration, logic framework, motivation, and argumentation as the glue that holds the rest of the writing together.
- Murray, Donald M. “The maker’s eye: Revising your manuscripts.” Writing about Writing: A College Reader (2014): 610-14.