“ A writing plan is an artist’s sketch, a carpenter’s plan scratched on a board, a cook’s recipe that will be changed during cooking. A writing plan is not an order or a binding contract. It is an educated guess, a hunch, a suggestion: “Hey, let’s head for the beach.” When you write you may not get to the beach, you may stop along the way, decide to go to the mountains, run into some interesting people and spend time with them. Food may be eaten in a restaurant or the restaurant food taken out to the picnic area. But you would not achieve the surprise without the plan.”
When planning, writers must have... a REASON to write an INTEREST in the topic a PURPOSE an AUDIENCE a GENRE Planning
3 Significant Objects Generating Ideas for Writing
What would be a compelling topic? What themes run through your life? What are stories you need/want to tell? Finding a Significant Subject
Finding a Significant Subject Life Battles/Struggles Triumphs/ Accomplishments Honoring a Person who made a difference Informational Text about an Important topic Commemorations/ Remembrances Reflections
Find a theme about that person and write about them from that thematic viewpoint. --Boys first year --Anticipating the birth of a baby --Mother (died from cancer) --Father (gratitude for sacrifices) --Grandparents (remembrances)
“ Revision is re-seeing the entire draft so that the writer can deal with the large issues that must be resolved before the writer deals with line-by-line, word-by-word issues involved in editing. In reading for revision, it is important to step back and scan the draft so that you can see it as a whole, noticing such things as the relationship between the section of the draft that you cannot see when you are concentrating on the relationship between a particular verb and an individual noun.”
I think “revision” is badly named. The “re” prefix implies that you are going back over something you’ve already done. But you’re not going back. YOu are going on with the writing process. It’s all just part of getting it right. A friend of mine who played basketball once said that he envied me because he had just missed a foul shot that would have tied the score at the end of the game. He said, “But you can write that foul shot until you make it.” He was right. I write a first draft that I know is going to be partly good, partly bad. I may go over a manuscript three or four times before I’m satisfied.
Sometimes a poem comes to me full-blown--right away. Other times, I work on one for months and months. Some poems remain unfinished for years.
What do you do when you get stuck and don’t know what to write next?
I go to Saks Fifth Avenue, look at the price of Ultrasuede jackets, and tell myself, You’d better get back to it, guy, of you’re not going to be able to afford anything like that! I’m a professional. It I hit a problem, I work it out because I know I’ve got to.
LEE BENNETT HOPKINS
Writing Workshop Show, Don’t Tell (Revision Lesson) Objective: To learn a way to revise our writing. How we will do this: --Read through our drafts --Find a place where you Tell rather than Show. --Revise our writing to be more specific.