Delete, Type, Delete, Cut, and Paste: Revision

“Revision is at the heart of writing. Every page I do is done over seven or eight times.” (Patricia Reilly Giff)

“I’ve found the best way to revise your own work is to pretend that somebody else wrote it and then to rip the living shit out of it.” (Don Ruff)

Today you will bring in a draft of your first essay. I’m sure you will be anxious about sharing your work with your classmates, and that’s to be expected. Some of you may feel that your essay is already perfect, so there’s nothing left to “fix,” while others will come in desperate for corrections and help. Revision is a necessary part of becoming a great writer. I’m sure you can ask any published author if they’ve ever wanted to change something in a “finished” piece of work and the answer is probably yes. Writing is fluid and depends on where you are in that moment, you may want to change something that you previously thought was perfect.

Come to class with open minds. Prepare yourself to receive criticism and not let it discourage you, but instead help you.

P.S. There is no official blog post this week, but I still encourage you to write something. No, not for extra credit, but for yourself 🙂


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