Itis evident from the text that what constitutes the process of writingfor a student is different from that of a professional writer. Forthe students, the completion of the first draft forms the end of thewriting process while for the professional writer this is regardedas the beginning. In Murray’s work entitled, “TheMaker’s Eye”the writing process is outlined to comprise of prewriting or thediscovery stage, drafting, revision, editing, and the final work. Tosome writers, this process is never conclusive. Each time they readtheir own work, they perceive it from the marker’s eye and areprompted to re-edit, re-revise, re-read, and re-edit again in a bidto exploit the alternatives as well as potentials of the piece ofwriting (Muller, 2014). Therefore, based on this reading, this paperwill present my writing process outlining the part I considerimportant.
Mywriting process comprises of prewriting followed by drafting,revision, and then editing of the final work. The part that I findimportant to me is the revision stage. Revising one’s workpresents the most difficult challenges in the writing process giventhat the writer has to inspect his work as though he were an outsiderto it. This perhaps forms one of the most difficult things to dogiven that one does not only put himself in the place of the audiencebut also needs to ensure that despite the changes made, the textmaintains its spontaneity and original freshness. The revisionprocess requires one to have the willingness to prune the workexpertly. It is evident that at the completion of the revision, thework will look messed up in the sense that some parts will have beentorn apart, others added and some deleted, the expertise of thewriter requires that the work remains original amidst all thesechanges.
Whenapproaching a writing assignment, I usually feel stressed because ofimagining the writing process and what it will take to produce afinal draft will all the required information. In some assignments,such as the one I did last month, the revision step had to be doneseveral times, and at the end of the task, the first pages had beenre-read, changed, as well as corrected severally. The thought ofrepeating this process usually makes me stressed.
WhenMurray says that when students finish the first draft, they considerthe writing job done, he is certainly right given that they hardlyfocus on the writing process giving it the required attention, time,and effort. In school, students are usually taught to decipher whatseems to be the finished work and rarely have the time to develop thework itself from the start. They can be regarded as being amateurs aswell as inexperienced with regard to writing and thus take thecompletion of the first draft as job done.
Concerningthe statement, “a piece of writing is never finished, it isdelivered to a deadline, torn out of the typewriter on demand, sentoff with a sense of accomplishment and shame and pride andfrustration. If only there were a couple more days, time for anotherrun at it, perhaps then… (Muller pg. 112)” the writer points tothe writing process as never ending. Provided the writer isexperienced, and a professional, reading the text from the maker’seye always ignites a thirst that points to every work having thepotential to trigger a new meaning.
Muller,G. H. (2014). TheMcGraw-Hill reader: Issues across disciplines(12th ed.). New York, NY: McGraw-Hill Education.