…Is the phrase that I would use to summarize what I took away from the evening of the “How I Write” event. And I guess to explain what means, I’d have to explain how I normally write.
When I write, whether it’s for an assignment in class or for my own purposes, I’ve never really “paid attention” to what I was writing. Now, that’s not to say I was writing gibberish or completely BSing my way through writing assignments, but rather that I never paid attention to the words and how they related back to my own developing writing skill.
When Melody was speaking about her drafting process, I was both awed and shocked at the time which dedicated to revisiting and revising her papers. I personally find it hard to revise multiple times, as after the first revision, I often like to think of my paper as “complete”. Sometimes I even had to push myself to revise it once. AndI’ll be the first to admit, I don’t like changing too much on the first drafts of my papers.
When Melody described the way that she paced herself when writing and editing, it made me think of both creative and nonfiction writing as perfecting an art, and it didn’t have to be a negative thing where “we spot all the things we’re doing wrong”. I think that I’m beginning to see how revising as a way of reflecting and paying attention to what, how and why you write.
Also, hen Perry spoke about his creative outlets, he seemed very in tune with his own purposes and reasons for writing and creating screenplays. Despite the fact that he has some road blocks such as editing and revising something to fit a certain requirement, he takes time to listen to his own voice in his works. I doubt that he would’ve been as successful of a writer if he only wrote and never re-purposed it again.
Overall, I’ve become a little more confident about the re-purposing assignment for Draft 2, and I hope that I can remember all of these great things that were said as I rewrite about why I write.
And now, a picture for your enjoyment: