The Craft of Revision, Anniversary Edition

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  • Copyright: 2012-01-09
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Pulitzer Prize-winning author Donald M. Murray's lively and inspiring approach to writing and revision does not condescend but invites you into the writer's studio. The ANNIVERSARY EDITION includes a new foreword by Brock Dethier, Writing Program Director at Utah State University and former University of New Hampshire colleague of the late Donald Murray. They met in 1978 and when Dethier later became an adjunct instructor at UNH, struggling to balance his teaching career with his dreams of getting published, Murray was a source of guidance and support. Dethier offers not only an introduction to the "man behind the book," but a retrospective of Murray's significant contributions to the Composition world and the ways in which THE CRAFT OF REVISION helps you to actually DO the writing--not just talk about it.

Table of Contents

Forewordp. xi
Prefacep. xxi
Rewrite Before Writingp. 1
Why Do We Resist Rewriting?p. 2
An Invitation: Write with Mep. 5
How Do You Find Something to Write About?p. 6
Brainstormingp. 6
Interview Yourselfp. 9
Circle the Subjectp. 10
Try Out Linesp. 11
Play with Imagesp. 12
Make Connectionsp. 13
What Ifp. 14
Be Specificp. 15
End-of-Chapter Interviewsp. 18
Interview with a Published Writer-Elizabeth Cookep. 18
How to Get the Writing Done: Tricks of the Writer's Tradep. 24
Nulla Dies Sine Lineap. 26
Establish Achievable Deadlinesp. 27
Break a Writing Assignment into Small Daily Tasksp. 28
Know Tomorrow's Task Todayp. 28
Keep a Daybookp. 29
Rehearsep. 30
A Writer's Placep. 30
Reading for Revisionp. 32
Test Readersp. 33
Where Do We Find Test Readers?p. 33
What Test Readers Dop. 34
The Danger of Test Readersp. 34
Setting the Reader's Agendap. 36
Reading Writing in Processp. 37
Techniques of Respondingp. 38
Methods of Reader Responsep. 40
Rewrite with Focusp. 44
Elements of Focusp. 45
Selectionp. 45
Emphasisp. 46
Clarityp. 46
Premature Focusingp. 46
How to Focusp. 48
The Listp. 48
The Discovery Draftp. 50
What if I Don't Discover in My Discovery Draft?p. 54
How Do I Make an Instructor's Idea My Own?p. 54
Understand the Assignmentp. 55
Interview the Assignmentp. 55
Rewrite by Contextp. 56
Connectp. 57
How Do I Make the Boss's Idea My Own?p. 57
Focus Repairp. 58
Diagnosis: No Focusp. 58
Testing Your Focusp. 59
If the Diagnosis Is Positivep. 61
Say One Thingp. 62
How Can I Find That One Thing?p. 62
But What about All the Other Good Stuff?p. 67
Frame Your Meaningp. 67
What to Leave Outp. 68
What to Keep Inp. 69
Set the Distancep. 69
When to Use Close-upsp. 70
When to Step Backp. 70
When to Zoomp. 70
Interview with a Published Writer-Christopher Scanlanp. 71
Rewrite with Genrep. 75
Choosing the Genrep. 76
Genre Provides Meaningp. 77
The Five-Paragraph Themep. 78
The Unshaped Materialp. 79
Diagnosis: Ineffective Genrep. 83
Genre Communicates Meaningp. 84
Discovering the Genre for the Draftp. 85
The Internal Genrep. 85
The External Genrep. 86
The Essential Narrativep. 89
Narrative's Clockp. 90
Questions Answered; Questions Askedp. 91
Walking Beside the Readerp. 92
Reading the Listenerp. 92
Entertaining the Readerp. 93
Design Your Own Genrep. 93
The Discovered Genrep. 93
The Invented Genrep. 94
Create an Effective Designp. 95
What Is Savedp. 96
What Is Discardedp. 97
Case History of a Student Writer-Maureen Healyp. 97
Rewrite with Structurep. 119
Diagnosis: Disorderp. 120
Answer the Reader's Questionsp. 123
Outline After Writingp. 125
Expose the Structure of a Draftp. 125
Outline After Writingp. 126
Adapt the Structurep. 126
Redesign the Structurep. 126
Interview with a Student Writer-Kathryn S. Evansp. 127
Rewrite with Documentationp. 133
Diagnosis: Too Little Informationp. 135
The Writer's Eyep. 136
The Importance of Informationp. 139
Provides Reader Satisfactionp. 139
Establishes Authorityp. 140
Produces Lively Writingp. 140
The Qualities of Effective Informationp. 141
Accuracyp. 141
Specificityp. 143
Significancep. 144
Fairnessp. 146
The Basic Forms of Informationp. 146
Where Do You Find Information?p. 148
Memoryp. 148
Observationp. 149
Internetp. 150
Interviewp. 150
Libraryp. 151
Attributionp. 154
Writing with Informationp. 156
The Craft of Selectionp. 156
Stylep. 157
Interview with a Student Writer-Jennifer Bradley-Swiftp. 160
Rewrite To-Developp. 166
Diagnosis: Superficialp. 167
Techniques of Developmentp. 168
Develop with Informationp. 168
Develop with Authorityp. 169
Develop with Clarityp. 171
Put Meaning in Contextp. 172
Rewriting Starts with Rereadingp. 172
Read Fragmentsp. 174
Read What Isn't Writtenp. 175
Problem: No Territoryp. 176
Solutionp. 176
Problem: No Surprisep. 176
Solutionp. 177
Problem: No Writerp. 177
Solutionp. 177
Problem: No Respectp. 178
Solutionp. 178
Problem: Too Littlep. 178
Solutionp. 179
Problem: Too Muchp. 179
Solutionp. 180
Problem: Too Privatep. 180
Solutionp. 180
Problem: No Significancep. 181
Solutionp. 181
Problem: No Connectionp. 181
Solutionp. 182
Rewrite within the Draftp. 182
Emphasize the Significantp. 183
Pace and Proportionp. 185
Lengthp. 187
Rewrite by Earp. 194
What Is Voice?p. 195
Hearing Your Own Writingp. 196
Diagnosis: No Voicep. 199
Hearing the Writer's Voicep. 200
Hearing Your Own Voicep. 205
Your Language or Mine?p. 206
The Importance of Voicep. 207
The Expected Voicep. 208
The Formal Voicep. 209
The Informal Voicep. 209
Genre Voicesp. 209
The Voice of the Draftp. 210
Case History of a Professional Writer-Donald M. Murrayp. 211
Rewrite with Clarityp. 216
Twenty Ways to Unfinal a Draftp. 218
The Attitude of the Editing Writerp. 220
Writing Is Editingp. 220
Imagine the Readerp. 220
My Ear Is a Better Editor Than My Eyep. 221
The Draft Will Tell You What It Needsp. 221
Welcome Surprisep. 221
Language Is Alive and Changingp. 221
Accept Limitationsp. 222
Establish Achievable Standardsp. 222
Interview Your Draftp. 222
Solutions to Common Editing Problemsp. 226
How Do I Recognize Surprise?p. 226
How to Read to Editp. 227
How to Edit a Boring Draft so It Isn'tp. 229
The Craft of Editingp. 232
The Tools of Revisionp. 233
A Student Case History-Roger LePage, Jr.p. 234
The Student's Original Draftp. 235
A Professional's Editingp. 239
The Student's Reaction to Professional Editingp. 245
The Student's Revisionp. 248
The Craft of Letting Gop. 252
Why Writers Don't Let Gop. 254
Fear of Exposurep. 254
Obsession with Correctnessp. 255
Continuing Discoveryp. 255
How to Let Gop. 256
Deadlinesp. 256
Collaborationp. 257
Decreased Discoveryp. 257
When You Let Gop. 257
Readers Make the Draft Theirsp. 257
Free to Writep. 259
Indexp. 260
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